Monday 24 September 2018

'I'm embarrassed for him' - Neymar comes in for heavy criticism after theatrical reaction during Brazil win

Brazil's Neymar grimaces in apparent pain after a tackle at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Brazil's Neymar grimaces in apparent pain after a tackle at the World Cup. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Neymar turned in a match-winning performance as Brazil advanced to the World Cup quarter-final, but the star attacker as attracted plenty of criticism for how he reacted to a second half foul.

Neymar opened the scoring in Brazil's 2-0 win over Mexico, with his shot also parried into the path of Roberto Firmino for a game-sealing goal late on. However, his strong display was marred by a second half incident.

After Mexico defender Miguel Layun stamped on his foot, Neymar hysterically rolled around on the ground in response. The referee took no action following the incident but speaking on RTÉ after the game, former USA goalkeeper Hope Solo took exception to the Brazilian's behaviour.

"It is unacceptable, these antics," Solo said.

"For me, it takes away from the game. For someone who loves football the way Neymar does, to take away from it, it is disappointing. It takes away the excitement of the game for me."

Ex-Ireland international Keith Andrews was also less than impressed with Neymar's theatrics.

"I would try to curb this kind of crap," Andrews added.

"What I would indulge is the lack of tracking back because I want his energy at the top end of the pitch. That is what I would give him leeway with. With this type of stuff, you have to iron that out. It is not acceptable.

"It is clearly in him, he clearly likes doing it."

Speaking on BBC 5 Live, Dion Dublin said said he was 'embarrassed for the PSG star.

"He is one of the world's greatest players but when he rolls about on the floor, I just don't get it," he said.

"Come on young man you're better than that, get on with the game. I’m embarrassed for Neymar."

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