Russia coach: Neymar must stop diving

The Russia boss rates the Brazil captain among the best in the game but says he’s irritated by how often he attempts to deceive referees

Former Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello says Barcelona forward Neymar has an “annoying attitude” and needs to stop diving.

The current Russia boss twice led Madrid to league titles, in 1997 and 2007, and was a keen observer as the Brazil international scored the opening goal in El Clasico, before Real Madrid fought back to win 3-1 on Saturday.

“Neymar is a great striker, but I hate that a player of his level has to fall to the ground every time you touch him,” Capello told Fox Sports Italy.

“He has a very annoying attitude.”

Capello isn’t the first high-profile name to accuse the Brazil captain of diving, with former Selecao great Pele saying he thought the 22-year-old was prone to simulation, though Neymar’s supporters would be quick to point out his reported histrionics are largely a case of self-preservation in the face of rough treatment from defenders.

The former Santos star was the fourth most-fouled player in la Liga last season and joint-sixth most-fouled at the World Cup alongside Lionel Messi.


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