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Sanchis implies Neymar provoked Isco kick

"I'm going to try and explain my opinion. I'm not trying to persuade anyone of anything as I believe in differences of opinion, but I would like my opinion on the matter to be known," he said in remarks reported by AS.

"In no way do I justify Isco's kick and I'm pleased he's apologised, which is a credit to him, not everyone would do that.

"I'm going to start by saying what my footballing opinion is of Neymar. He's very good, and is perhaps the most in-form player right now. Another thing is his behaviour on the field of play.

"There were other players who played El Clasico, who had outstanding games, like [Andres] Iniesta, and were given an ovation as they left the pitch. That speaks volumes about Real Madrid fans; it's something that doesn't happen everywhere.

"During the match I stated on a number of occasions that I wasn't liking Neymar's attitude. I can only say good things about the way he played.

"I know what goes on down there, the tension, the pounding heart and how gestures can be interpreted, and that's exactly why they ask me to comment, and I could see that something like what ended up happening would happen. Does that excuse what happened? No. But for those of us who've played, certain gestures could and I think should be avoided"
"But any action that happens on the field of play should not be justified by an act of aggression."

Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

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