Brazil football team captain Neymar has been handed a hefty 4 match ban which has ended his Copa America 2015 campaign rather very prematurely and foolishly.
Neymar appeared to have tried to head-butt Jeison Murillo after the Barcelona star kicked the ball at Pablo Armaro in frustration after losing the Group game against Colombia.
Initially Neymar was set to miss only 1 game after getting second yellow card of the tournament but what followed next can only be brought down to the immature behavior by the Brazilian forward.
Neymar, 23 has the world at his feet but at times, he forgets the art of self-defense and retaliates like a caged monkey.
This cannot be singled out as the only time he looked like getting sent off either. In the game against Peru, where Neymar delivered a stunning solo performance to lead his side to victory, in that game as well he looked like a player on the edge every time a tackle was made on him.
Perhaps it could be down to the opposition on the night for Neymar as well. FIFA World Cup 2014’s most unfortunate incident was Neymar fracturing his Vertebra. Colombia were the opponents that night and the man responsible for that was Juan Camilo Zuniga.
Zuniga was playing in Brazil’s 1-0 defeat in Copa America as well. It seems, Neymar was yet to shrug off the year old incident and has been found abusing Zuniga in the tunnel, which has further provoked the South American football confederation CONMEBOL to extend the ban to 4 games.
Now the question here is, what next for Brazil, who ae still hurting from the World Cup loss and now the team in Yellow are looking to avoid a disaster in Copa America 2015.
Neymar has been their talisman for over 2-3 years and his absence, the responsibility of guiding Brazil’s attack would fall down to Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.
Firmino, a Manchester United target has been seen as the ideal man to play either the False 9 role or as the central striker for Dunga’s team. Brazil might want to recall Robinho to the starting 11 following Neymar’s 4-match ban.
Brazil play Venezuela next who will be battling for the qualification to next round and anything less than a draw would haunt Brazil’s chances of a successful Copa America 2015.