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Neymar incident mars Brazil win

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Brazil star Neymar was found himself at the centre of a racism row after a banana was thrown on to the field during his country's 2-0 victory over Scotland at the Emirates Stadium.

The incident took place as the 19-year-old was preparing to take his successful 77th-minute penalty in Sunday afternoon's match, his second goal of the game.

Speaking afterwards, Neymar told Brazilian television channel Sportv: "I feel great and scored two but what happened with the banana is sad. I don't want to make a big deal of it. I was running down the touchline in the second half and saw it but I didn't see where it came from."

He added: "They were jeering me a lot, even when I was about to kick the penalty.

"The entire stadium was jeering. This atmosphere of racism is totally sad.

"We leave our country to play here and something like this happens.

"It's sad. I'd rather not even talk about it, to keep the subject from escalating."

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva said: "There is no more space for racism in the world.

"They say it's the first world here in Europe, but it's where it happens the most. That has to change.

"Everybody is equal today. It's a matter of respect."

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