Brazil defend Neymar after diving accusation (Reuters)

Brazil's national soccer team player Neymar reacts during a training session in Belo Horizonte June 25, 2013. Brazil will play against Uruguay in their Confederations Cup semi-final soccer match on Wednesday. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (Reuters) – Brazil have defended their star striker Neymar against accusations of diving and said Uruguay’s attempts to discredit him ahead of Wednesday’s Confederations Cup semi-final were a transparent attempt to influence the referee. Uruguay defender and captain Diego Lugano said Neymar was “very apt at pretending to be fouled” and warned that this should be watched closely. Lugano’s comments drew an angry response from the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), who issued an official statement just a few hours before the match. …


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