Previous
Sunderland
Manchester United
12:45 PM UTC
Game Details
Borussia Dortmund
Hannover 96
2:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Everton
West Bromwich Albion
3:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Real Madrid
Athletic Bilbao
3:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Paris Saint-Germain
Lille
4:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Chelsea
Newcastle United
5:30 PM UTC
Game Details
U.A.N.L
Tijuana
1:00 AM UTC Feb 14, 2016
Game Details
Next

Premier League live chat

Boot Room
Read
By ESPN Staff

Neymar demands protection

Santos striker Neymar has complained of a lack of protection from referees, after finding himself on the receiving end of some rough treatment during Thursday's Copa Libertadores encounter with Juan Aurich.

Santos emerged 2-0 victors against the 2011 Peruvian Champions, with Neymar getting himself on the scoresheet in the second-half, but the 20-year-old forward was not happy with his opponents' tactics.

''They fouled me hard the entire match,'' Neymar told reporters after the game. ''If I didn't jump out of some ball disputes, I wouldn't be talking to you right now, I would be in a hospital.''

''It looked more like a UFC fight than a football match,'' he added, before expressing his annoyance at being penalised for a dive in the second-half.

''The referees need to understand that I'm not jumping to try to get a foul, it's just to protect myself. A lot of times I have to jump because otherwise I'll get seriously hurt.''

Santos' experienced manager Muricy Ramalho also lept to the defense of his young star post-match.

''They would have broken his leg if he didn't jump,'' Santos coach Muricy Ramalho said. ''The opponents exaggerate, but Neymar is starting to learn how to avoid this.''

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.