Dimitri Payet targeted Neymar and told the referee he would “take care of him,” according to French reports.
Paris Saint-Germain confirmed on Monday evening that Neymar suffered a fractured metatarsal and a sprained ankle against Marseille on Sunday.
The Ligue Un leaders did not say how long the 26-year-old would be sidelined for, but Spanish paper AS are reporting that he will undergo surgery and only return in May.
Neymar, who joined PSG for a world-record transfer fee last year, left the field in tears on a stretcher.
Former West Ham forward Payet was the man who injured Neymar and French radio station RMC reported that he spoke to referee Benoit Bastien before the incident.
The claim is that Payet asked the referee to: “Tell Neymar to calm down or we are going to take care of him.”
Teammate Thiago Silva admitted: “It’s a shame. Payet said to the referee that he wanted to hurt him. That is not football.”
But Jordan Amavi defended Payet, saying: “We play normally but he looks for the foul.
“That is what I see on the pitch – he waits for us to close him down and he lets the ball go at the last moment. So what does he expect?
“I think he looks for it a bit. Everyone knows he has talent but he throws himself a bit easily.”
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