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Video: Xavi reveals why he shoved Neymar on the Barcelona open-top bus parade

Tom Sheen

Published 12/06/2015 | 17:21

Xavi shoves Neymar in the face
Xavi shoves Neymar in the face

Now departed Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has revealed the reason behind his spat with Neymar during the club's victory parade.

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The 35-year-old, who played the last of his club record 828 matches for the club in the Champions League final against Juventus, shoved Neymar and appeared to reprimand as the team went on an open-top bus parade around Barcelona.

With the treble in the bag Xavi, who was unveiled at his new club Al-Sadd on Thursday, said the Brazilian had to pay more attention to the hundreds of thousands of fans who came out to see the players.

View the incident below:

"He (Neymar) was trying to take my shoes off and pushing me when I was on the edge of the bus," Xavi told Qatari newspaper Sport. "I said that they should stop messing about and concentrate on the people that had come out to wave as the bus passed.

"These parades are for the people after all. It’s okay to have three or four beers but the parade is for the people and it’s the chance for us to thank them for our support. You can’t just do what you want to do."

Xavi ends his career having won eight Spanish league titles, the Champions League four times, the Club World Cup twice and the Copa Del Rey three times.

He also enjoyed a stellar international career and was a crucial part of Spain's two European Championship wins and the World Cup win in 2010.

Xavi said that Neymar also needs to show his opponents more respect, after he flicked the ball over the head of an opponent during the Copa Del Rey final with the game already won.

"This sort of thing is accepted in Brazil but here he will need to learn how to win and to lose. He is an extraordinary player who also works hard and is very humble but he maybe just needs to reflect a little.

"If you do that [trick] in the first minute when it’s 0-0 it is one thing but if you do it when he did it… he needs to think about that."

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