FIFA World Cup 2018: Neymar tells referees to ‘do their job’
09:15 PM, June 18, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:33 AM, June 19, 2018

Neymar tells referees to ‘do their job’

Neymar, who had a rough night yesterday as Brazil only managed a draw in their Group E fixture against Switzerland has told the referees to do their job properly.

The Brazilian was the focus of some of the more aggressive defending from the Swiss players and those tackles left him frustrated as his attacking flow was hampered whenever he tried to do something on his own.

Neymar was fouled 10 times during the game against Switzerland last night, the most fouls received by any player in a single match in World Cup since Alan Shearer was fouled 11 times against Tunisia in 1998 World cup.

Neymar suggested that he will be focusing on his job, which is playing football but that if the referees are not doing their job then it is not his problem.

"It's not up to me, there are three professionals working there," he said, as per Reuters. "I have to play football, I do not have to worry about it. They have to do their job, and if they did not do it right, their problem."

Valon Behrami was a constant nightmare for Neymar. The Swiss player committed four fouls but also won six tackles and made two interceptions.

The Selecao talisman could be seen limping late on, though he insisted it was no cause for concern: "It's nothing to worry about. I'm fine." Team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar added he "will be 100 per cent" fit to play Costa Rica on Friday.

Swiss captain Stephan Lichtsteiner felt the referee was too willing to give decisions in Neymar's favour:

"It's very difficult playing him. He's fast, he's technical, you need to keep up with him all the time because he's dangerous. It's a big challenge.

"And I was a little bit worried about the referee. Every time he fell down it was a whistle, a foul so that was a bit of a challenge.

"You think to yourself 'don't be too aggressive' because every time he goes down it's a foul. So because of that I had to be a bit careful,” he concluded.


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