Mestalla

Next Game

Valencia v Barcelona

Sunday, 30 November 2014, 20:00

Spanish Primera BBVA

Last Game

Apoel Nicosia 0 - 4 Barcelona

Tuesday, 25 November 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group F

Is Neymar a diver?

Barcelona forward Neymar has come under criticism for diving, but the Revista panel think he is actually getting some rough treatment.

Last Updated: 09/10/13 at 09:41 Post Comment

Celtic manager Neil Lennon slammed the Brazilian for diving after their recent Champions League tie which led to Hoops captain Scott Brown being sent off.

But Neymar, Barcelona's big summer signing, is at present the most fouled player in La Liga with 31 fouls against him in 476 minutes played.

Here, the Revista boys give their views:

MARCELINO: I don't think he's a diver, he has been fouled a lot and made two very clear penalties in the game against Real Valladolid last weekend. I think he's a light, lively and quick player, who when he gets in contact with a defender, who doesn't go especially for the ball, he gets the foul. It's very clear, there's no real secret.

GUILLEM BALAGUE: He's certainly not as strong in the lower part of his body as Kun Aguero or Lionel Messi, so it's easier to bring him in down and he perhaps exaggerates his fall - which makes people think he's diving, but when so many people are saying 'he's a diver and a cheat', you always wonder what's behind it.

When you look at the professionals who have accused him of diving: Neil Lennon - who had a player sent off against him, Juan Ignacio Martínez - who started saying he was a diver and then tracked back and somebody, who when Lionel Messi first appeared on the scene said 'Great theatre in Catalonia' - Jose Mourinho - he is trying to influence the referees that he is a diver.

GRAHAM HUNTER: It's worth throwing in to the debate that his coach now, Gerardo Martino, said 'the playing style draws fouls' and that 'he's not exaggerating fouls'. He goes past players, he tricks them, sometimes he humiliates them, but he's also direct and running at players an awful lot at the moment, which is committing the team and is the positive side of how Barcelona are opening up opponents more regularly.

I think referees will have to be very, very brave to begin to book all these challenges - a brave referee is going to be sending off a couple of players a game, but if they're fouls they will have to do it.

The team also discussed how Neymar is getting on during Messi's absence with injury, which you can watch in the video above.

Click here to download the La Liga Podcast and hear what Gaizka Mendieta has to say about Diego Costa choosing to play for Spain

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

sn'tthis strange. Last season we were worried that we were stuck with a Dinosaur in Moyes while Liverpool and Everton were disappearing into the distance with their young, spritely managerts, playing football from heaven. Progressive managers, they said. Managers who understand the modern game.........

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: The pressure's on

B

eing consistently and unrelentingly dog turd really takes it out of you. Try shadow boxing. That's what it's like watching Liverpool, punching thin air.

sinbadsdad
Neville: Reds need a rest

G

ood list, some crackers in there. For me, I'd have had Steve McManaman for Liverpool away at Celtic in the UEFA cup in 1997. I was in the ground that night and everyone kept screaming at him to make a pass, but he just kept going and going and going...brilliant, and in the dying minutes too.

uncle-muller
F365's Top Ten Counter-Attacking Goals

Footer 365

Champions League: Lionel Messi breaks goalscoring record as PSG win

Lionel Messi became the Champions League's all-time record scorer as Barcelona thrashed APOEL Nicosia, while PSG won.

Champions League: Mourinho hails Chelsea team performance after Schalke demolition

Jose Mourinho hailed Chelsea's "complete" performance after their 5-0 demolition of Schalke.

Champions League: Aguero treble stuns Bayern

Sergio Aguero's last-gasp heroics earned Manchester City a thrilling 3-2 win over 10-man Bayern Munich at the Etihad.

Mail Box

Counter-Attacks: Making Me Fall In Love Again

There is a good deal of love for counter-attacking goals, plus some sympathy for Arsene Wenger, heaping the praise on Chunky Pardew too early and why Klopp > Rodgers...

There's Excitement In Toon Again...

We have mails on a young, vibrant Newcastle side along with the usual woe from those in the red of Liverpool and Arsenal. We just love having the Premier League back...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property