It’s football, not UFC – Neymar angered by rough treatment

The forward was the victim of several strong tackles on Sunday but one of the alleged offenders says the 23-year-old was guilty of “theatre”

It's football, not UFC - Neymar angered by rough treatment

Neymar accused Chile of employing “UFC” tactics after he was on the end of some rough treatment during Brazil’s 1-0 friendly victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Roberto Firmino’s 72nd minute strike was enough for the Selecao to extend their winning streak to eight matches, but the major talking point was Gary Medel’s stamp on Neymar.

The Inter midfielder appeared to tread on the Barcelona star during a first half altercation, but escaped without caution, much to Neymar’s dismay.

“This wasn’t a game of football,” he said. “It’s meant to be football not UFC. The referee is there to stop these things from happening, but there were four referees and none of them saw anything!

“It seems we have to suffer. I am a sufferer!”

Medel, meanwhile, rejected the post-match protests of the 23-year-old in a scathing response on Twitter, in which he accused him of “theatre”.

“Tackles are normal in a game. Some players do theatre, others play football … it’s a pity that not everyone gets on with the game.”

The victory means Brazil boss Dunga has won every game since taking over from Luiz Felipe Scolari following last summer’s World Cup.


Scolari: Brazil and Neymar singled out by referees

The former Portugal boss was unhappy at the treatment dished out to his star man in Saturday’s World Cup penalty shoot-out win over Chile


Luiz Felipe Scolari feels his Brazil side, and Neymar in particular, are being singled out for special treatment by referees.

Barcelona star Neymar was on the receiving end of some heavy tackles from Chile in Saturday’s World Cup round of 16 clash.

Although Scolari was delighted his players had emerged victorious in a tense penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw after extra-time, he was less enamoured by the performance of English referee Howard Webb.

He said: “I remember when I was Portugal coach and, in the fifth minute of the game, Netherlands defender Khalid Boulahrouz broke Cristiano Ronaldo in half and he had to go off 10 minutes later.

“When I saw Neymar after the game today I remembered that. Some people say Neymar falls too easily. He fell three times. There were 15 fouls on [Alexis] Sanchez and after 12 he went down.

“We have four or five days to get Neymar in shape for the next match. It is a big problem, his thigh is swollen.”

There was a lot of talk early in the tournament that Brazil were receiving preferential treatment from officials, most notably after the questionable penalty which enabled them to see off Croatia in the opening game.

Scolari believes things have now turned full circle, adding: “Everything that is wrong is with Brazil. We always see how things happen and how hesitant referees are when it comes to Brazil.

“If we are going to be champions it can’t be like this, it has to be the same for everyone. We’re starting to doubt that.”

Brazilian helicopter caught spying on Chile training

Thursday’s session was halted by coach Jorge Sampaoli to stop the hosts’ national broadcaster from transmitting live images of their preparations for Saturday’s last-16 clash


Chile’s training session on Thursday was brought to a temporary standstill after a helicopter belonging to a Brazilian television station was caught spying on the team’s practice just outside Belo Horizonte.

The South Americans are preparing to face Brazil in the last 16 of the World Cup at the Estadio Mineirao on Saturday and the helicopter was transmitting live images from above to the nation’s largest broadcaster, TV Globo.

Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli quickly called a halt to the session until the helicopter was ushered away from local side Cruzeiro’s training centre at Toca da Raposa.

Training then resumed after a short break, but the session ultimately overran by around 50 minutes, with journalists forced to wait outside on the street.

“It didn’t bother us,” wing-back Mauricio Isla told reporters at the press conference after training, which started late partly due to the unexpected intruder. “But our coach was worried they might see our moves and how we are preparing for the match.”

And he joked: “We tried to hit it [the helicopter] with the balls but we weren’t able to!”