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The coach was incensed by unsportsmanlike play by the young Santos man, who alleged that he was insulted in an ugly half-time confrontation, with the pair forcibly separated

Brazil starlet Neymar and Venezuela coach Cesar Farias have continued their war of words following yesterday's 0-0 draw in the Copa America clash between the two nations, after the pair almost came to blows in a confrontation at half-time.

Farias was incensed when Brazil refused to kick the ball out of play following a strong tackle on Miku by Lucas Leiva. Neymar instead chose to launch the counterattack and nearly created a goal for the Selecao, while the Vinotinto trainer screamed from the touchline.

He then confronted the 19-year-old striker in the tunnel at the break, and an ugly scuffle was captured by TV cameras as the two had to be separated by team-mates and officials. Both men subsequently came out to lay the blame on the other party.

"I told Neymar that it was unfair to not kick the ball out if there is a player on the floor," the 38-year-old coach fired to reporters after the draw, before claiming that he was assaulted by someone in the tunnel.

"It was not Neymar who assaulted me. It seemed unfair that Brazil could have won the game with a goal like that. I demanded respect from him, but I did not see who roughed me up because the police threw me to one side in the confusion."

In response, the Santos youngster asserted that Farias "came over to insult me, well... he said a load of things to me that I didn't understand."

Brazil and Venezuela resume Copa America duties at the end of this week, facing Paraguay and Ecuador respectively on Friday.

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