A little under two weeks ago Neymar netted the goal that wrapped up Barcelona’s Champions League triumph against Juventus, but he was needlessly sent off at the Copa America on Wednesday.
Neymar was shown a red card at the end of their 1-0 Group C defeat to Colombia after he became involved in scuffles between the South American rivals.
The 23-year-old had earlier been booked for a handball and he complained afterwards that he was being victimised by match officials and criticised Chilean referee Enrique Osses, who also dismissed Colombia forward Carlos Bacca after the melee.
“They have to use the rules against me,” Neymar told reporters. “The ball hit me on the hand unintentionally and I got a yellow.
“This is what happens when you put in a weak referee. There was a misunderstanding but there was no need to send everyone off. I didn’t even see that he had expelled me.” Read more
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