Neymar could be forgiven if he expected an apology from Bolivia’s Yasmani Duk.
It was Duk who left Neymar with blood pouring from his face following an elbow after the Brazilian attempted to pull off a nutmeg.
However, rather than an apology, Duk has fired a warning to the Barcelona superstar instead.
Article continues below
The 28-year-old forward, who plies his trade for New York Cosmos, believes Neymar needs to show more respect to his opponents by showboating less.
However, Duk insists he didn’t mean to injure the Brazil star.
Article continues below
Duk's warning to Neymar
"Football is a contact sport, I tried to take the ball as I was reading his movement and he wanted to nutmeg me, then I moved my arm towards him," Duk was quoted as saying by Marca.
"To be the best player in the world, he has to stop showboating and respect his opponents.
"I didn't realise that I'd hit him, I've never been malicious but unfortunately he was injured."
Video: Duk injures Neymar
For those who haven’t yet seen the incident, here it is again…
Duk is in the wrong - not Neymar
There’s no doubt about it: Duk is the player in the wrong here, not Neymar.
Nutmegs are not against the rules of the game while football is all about entertainment and having fun.
Players should be encouraged to try out new skills during matches, not threatened for having the audacity to beat an opponent using trickery.
Tite: Neymar and I can learn from this
One suspects that Neymar won’t listen to Duk’s words of warning, although his manager insists he must learn from these incidents.
"There were mistakes from the referee, with an excess of fouls derived from a lack of punishment to them," Tite told a news conference, per ESPN.
"And we -- Neymar and me -- we need maturity to understand that we'll have to bear these kind of situations, too.
"What happens sometimes, and it did happen, regarding the card, was -- in the first place -- an excessive amount of fouls aimed to emotionally destabilise the squad, to provoke situations.
"You can say 'okay, the fouls are from the game and it's the referee's problem.' It's my responsibility as a manager to guide the player."
Does Neymar try to showboat too much during matches? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms