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.
‘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.