Neymar: Rules are used against me


A first-half Jeison Murillo strike was enough to secure the win for Jose Pekerman’s charges, yet the action continued after the final whistle with players from both sides involved in a heated tussle.

Brazil captain Neymar drove the ball into Colombian full-back Pablo Armero, and as goal-scorer Murillo tried to calm the Selecao skipper down, Neymar attempted to headbutt his opposite number, with Carlos Bacca then shoving the Barcelona star aside as chaos erupted on the pitch.

Both Neymar and Bacca were shown red, leaving Neymar incensed with the refereeing decisions after having been also shown a yellow card for allegedly accidently falling on the ball in the opening half, while also being cautioned in the previous match for wiping away the vanishing spray before a free-kick, something Colombia’s Juan Cuadrado did but was not booked for.

"The rules are always used against me," Neymar told SporTV. "They clean the disappearing foam and do not receive yellow but I do.

"The ball was in my hand but it was not intentional - I was falling - and received yellow.”

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The 23-year-old then slammed the “weak” officiating, which he feels he was a target of.

"Things happen,” he said. “Put a weak referee to referee and this happens. Nothing made me crazy. I just get p****d with the referees who don't whistle right."

Neymar will now miss his side’s last group encounter against Venezuela on Sunday, and could miss further games in the competition as he awaits the outcome of a disciplinary panel that will meet later on Thursday to discuss his dismissal.