What a day! Feeling it for Brazil’s Neymar whose vertebra was fractured in a rough and dirty tackle by one of his opponents. What’s interesting in the following selection of tweets is how skeptical people were initially of Neymar and what was perceived as his calculated antics–all the sympathy resting with Colombia’s James Rodriguez, one of the top scorers and stars in this tournament–until–it was known that Neymar wasn’t doing the usual fake dive and award-winning performance some players are known so well for. His vertebra was actually fractured in the unnecessarily rough tackle that took him down and he is out of the rest of the tournament. Here’s hoping that Neymar’s injuries aren’t permanently disabling and that he will soon return to football. In retrospect the amount of snark unleashed at Neymar seems shameworthy. Judge for yourselves…oh plus there’s plenty on James, rapidly becoming the most beloved player of this World Cup, his distress at Colombia’s failure to advance (with the famous last words “Men cry too.”)…and last but not least the ‘giant grasshopper’ that landed on his arm just as he struck his goal.
Neymar Interrupted…#BRAvsCOL, #World Cup 2014
At the end of the game Neymar gets to take Oscar home to keep him in his trophy cabinet #AwardWinningActingSkills
#WorldCup2014 #BRA #COL Ah now the other Brazilians – Luiz excepted of course — will actually have to play as poor Neymar has gone off
Brazil marching towards the title with the confidence of a litigant who’s bribed every judge all the way up to the Supreme Court. #BRAvsCOL
#BRA ain’t here to make friends. On to the final four. GOLAÇO by Luiz. Thank you Colombia, you were wonderful. #thefootball
Well done Brazil, but if they win it on this form World Cup has gone from hero to zero. Tough luck on Colombia, the best. #VamosColombia
And top scorer for now. RT @KEmpress22: Look at the Brazillian players consoling Rodriguez. He deserves it all. Great player. So young.
@Fernando_Duarte No reason to be quiet, Fernando. This was a pathetic display from Brazil. Godawful, cynical, and cowardly.
Brazil and Colombia Bring the Ugly Game http://thebea.st/1saYvfa via @tunkuv [My take on the quarterfinals today for @thedailybeast]
“@NPRrussell: Brazilian superstar Neymar out of World Cup after fracturing a vertebrae. Referee did not whistle a foul on the hit.” @damani
Excellent question “@simoncrosskill: Hey FIFA isnt a deliberate knee in the back worse that a bite on the shoulder.”
News of Neymar’s broken vertebrae has just hit the party I am at and it has ground to a stony-faced halt #worldcup14
Brazil and Colombia Bring the Ugly Game http://thebea.st/1saYvfa My piece for @thedailybeast (with an added Neymar post script)