Barcelona forward Neymar has been accused of calling referee Enrique Osses a “son of a b****” in the tunnel after he was sent off while playing for Brazil against Colombia in the Copa America group stages on Wednesday night.
Neymar was shown a straight red card for aiming a headbutt at Jeison Murillo, seconds after kicking the ball at Pablo Armero, and has subsequently received a four-match ban as punishment.
The severity of the punishment, Marca claim, may have been down to his poor conduct in the tunnel as much as his hot-headed behaviour on the pitch.
Osses is understood to have made additional notes about what Neymar said to him inside the tunnel, hence why such a severe punishment was eventually issued.
"You want to make yourself famous at my expense, you son of a b**ch", Neymar is understood to have said minutes after receiving his red card. "He was waiting for me and insulted me, calling me a son of a b**ch", wrote the official in his report.
Lozado: Neymar is very fortunate
Alberto Lozado, a member of the CONMEBOL Disciplinary Committee, believes Neymar was fortunate to escape an even longer ban.
"Based on what the report says, it was premeditated, waiting for the referee in the tunnel and insulting him,” Lazado commented. “His punishment could have been harsher. He got off lightly."
Neymar, who received a hefty push from Carlos Bacca in the ensuing melee, will miss the rest of Brazil’s Copa America campaign.
As Brazil’s talisman, Dunga’s side are no longer expected to seriously challenge for the Copa America title.
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