Santiago - A little under two weeks ago Neymar netted the
goal that wrapped up Barcelona's Champions League triumph against Juventus but
his needless sending off at the Copa America on Wednesday means the Brazil
forward may have played his last game at the tournament.
Neymar was shown a red card at the end of their 1-0 Group C
defeat to Colombia after he became involved in scuffles between the South
American rivals and will miss Sunday's match against Venezuela and probably at
least one more game.
The 23-year-old had earlier been booked for a handball and
he complained afterwards that he was being victimised by match officials and
criticised Chilean referee Enrique Osses, who also dismissed Colombia forward
Carlos Bacca after the melee.
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"They have to use the rules against me," Neymar
told reporters. "The ball hit me on the hand unintentionally and I got a
"This is what happens when you put in a weak referee.
There was a misunderstanding but there was no need to send everyone off. I
didn't even see that he had expelled me."
The defeat was Brazil's first in 12 matches and the first
game coach Dunga had failed to win since taking over following the 2014 World
It left Colombia and Brazil tied at the top of Group C on
three points along with Venezuela, who have played one game fewer and meet Peru
later on Thursday.
Neymar admitted he had a poor game against Colombia but said
he was confident his team mates would get the result they needed against
Venezuela and seal a place in the last eight.
"I admit we were not good and that I did not play
well," he said. "I take full responsibility."
Neymar had a superb second season at Barca, helping the
Catalan giants win a treble of Champions League, La Liga and King's Cup titles.For
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