Barcelona forward Neymar has finally spoken out after he was sent off after the final whistle following Brazil’s defeat to Colombia last week. Neymar was shown red following a heated contest which sparked accusations that he had attacked the referee in the tunnel stating that he had only sent him off to become famous. However, the 23 year old has stated that no such thing happened and he merely waited around the tunnel to ask for an explanation as to why he had been dismissed. Neymar said:
Nothing happened in the tunnel, basically. I was inside it, and waiting to ask the ref why he dismissed me. Then a huddle took place and security guards came in, thinking I was nervous, that I wanted to attack him. That’s how it came to this.
Neymar also said his team mates can go on and win the Copa America despite his absence:
I think there’s a lot of life in Selecao without Neymar. The players have shown that they can win games and win Copa America.
Brazil has plenty of great players. I’m absolutely confident of this team and the players that are there representing it. They are all big names who’ll take care of business.