Neymar Left Frustrated With Referee After Being Booked For Diving During Brazil’s Victory Against El Salvador

Brazil international Neymar has had a reputation for going down for several seasons

Neymar has accused referee Jair Marrufo of a ‘lack of respect’ following Brazil’s 5-0 win over El Salvador.

The forward was booked for diving by Marrufo after tumbling to the ground in the box during the first half of Wednesday’s friendly, prompting a furious post-match reaction.

Accusations of simulation have plagued Neymar in recent seasons – particularly at this summer’s World Cup – and speaking after the game, the PSG attacker slammed Marrufo for what he deemed to be an ‘unnecessary’ decision.

The PSG forward was booked for diving during Wednesday's victory in Washington

‘I do not know what I have to do to live with it [this reputation], there’s no way I’m going to stand for a situation like this. I think it has to end,’ he told Globo Esporte.

‘But it’s not up to me, so much that I did not say anything, I went on with my football.

‘It’s a lack of respect, not just with me, but with my team-mates as well.

‘Playing with a yellow card is tricky. The guy comes here to officiate a Brazilian national team match, which is a very big selection, and he does that. I don’t think it is correct.

‘If he does not want to give the penalty, it’s not a problem, but the card is unnecessary.’

Neymar had put Brazil ahead in Washington, scoring an early penalty to open the floodgates for a thumping victory.

Making his first start for his country, Everton forward Richarlison curled in from the edge of the box to make it 2-0 shortly after, before Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho further compounded El Salvador’s misery on the half-hour mark.

Richarlison then fired home his second of the match after the break, with Marquinhos adding a late fifth for Tite’s side.

Brazil also beat the United States 2-0 last week in a positive response to their World Cup disappointment over the summer.


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