Peruvian defender Carlos Zambrano called Neymar a “clown” when analyzing the attacker’s behavior in Brazil’s 4-2 victory in Peru in the Qualifiers for the Qatar Cup 2022. Despite recognizing that “he is one of the best in the world” , Zambrano saw an exaggeration in the simulations of fouls by the Brazilian.
“Honestly, he is a great player, one of the best in the world, but for me he is a real clown,” declared the defender of Boca Juniors on the program “La banda del Chino” on Argentine TV America.
The defender was sent off in the final minutes of the game at the National Stadium in Lima for hitting striker Richarlison with his arm. However, he considered that the PSG star “played” in the area repeatedly and, instead of being punished, penalties were scored in favor of the Brazilian team.
“It was Brazil and, at the touch [imediatamente] they went to look at the VAR. If the bid was for or against them, they only reviewed the images because it was Brazil, “he said, indicating that Chilean referee Julio Bascuñán did not use equal criteria for both teams.
The arbitration bothered the Peruvians so much that even a petition was made against Bascuñán, and has more than 225,000 members.