Monday June 24 2013
Maggio questions Neymar protection

Italy defender Christian Maggio believes Brazil’s Neymar receives too much protection from referees.

The two continually clashed during Saturday’s Confederations Cup encounter in a tie which Neymar inspired the hosts to a 4-2 win.

“I think the big players should be protected by the referees so they don’t suffer too many fouls, but only up to a certain point,” the Napoli wing-back stated.

“In my opinion, Brazil’s first two goals against us were born from free-kicks won by Neymar which were not fouls,” he added.

“In general, referees award more free-kicks to players who like to dribble, but that is just part of the game.”

Brazil will play Uruguay in the semi-finals, while the Azzurri will have to beat Spain if they want to reach the Final.