Neymar's Copa America ban was extended after he made an insulting remark to ref
Published 23/06/2015 | 08:30
The real reason for Neymar's extended four-match ban has been revealed. The Brazilian forward was originally sent off for headbutting Colombian defender Jeison Murillo, and handed a provisional one-match ban for the incident.
But the decision to extend the Barcelona's ban to four matches was taken after his abuse of the Chilean match official.
Neymar was sent off in the fracas the followed the headbutt. However the Brazil captain is reported to have waited in the tunnel before accosting the referee, "you want to make yourself famous at my expense, you son of a b****".
The account comes from Spanish newspaper, Marca, who managed to get a hold of Enrique Osses' match report.
Osses wrote, "He was waiting for me in the tunnel and insulted me, calling me a son of a b****".
This is by no means Neymar's first brush with the game's law enforcers - in fact, Neymar's frequent indiscipline continues to be a blemish on the striker's otherwise impressive CV.
Since the year 2009, Neymar has racked up 101 yellow cards and 6 reds. Compare that to perennial foul offender Pepe's record of 78 yellows and five reds in the same period - and you begin to build up a picture of Neymar's erractic character.
The Brazil captain has since taken to Instagram to apologise to his teammates and countrymen for his behaviour.