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Pele offers support for Neymar after World Cup injury

Pele is among many high-profile football stars including Ruud van Nistelrooy, and Gilberto Silva who have sent their support to Neymar after the Brazil attacker's World Cup was ended by injury.

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.@neymarjr was raised in my @santosfc and it hurts our hearts to know that he can no longer defend Brazil in the World Cup.

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@neymarjr will be missed badly the rest off the tournament. Get well soon!

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Hope Neymar will be fine( concerns) Espero que fique tudo bem com Neymar( preocupante) http://t.co/qA4PQg1Wl4

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Fifa committee studies Zuniga challenge on Neymar

Fifa's disciplinary committee is to analyse the incident in yesterday's World Cup quarter-final which saw Brazil striker Neymar suffer a broken verterbrae.

Brazil's Neymar sustains a back injury during the quarter final match at the Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza. Credit: PA

Colombia defender Zuniga challenged the Brazil star from behind in the closing stages of the game causing a back injury, which has now ruled out the Barcelona forward out of the tournament.

FIFA head of media Delia Fischer said: "The disciplinary committee is analysing the matter. The spirit of fair play is very important and we want to avoid difficult things on the field of play."

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Crucial World Cup quarter-final matches loom large

Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto is worried Arjen Robben will try to give Holland an advantage by diving in Saturday night's World Cup quarter-final in Salvador at 9pm.

Mexican defender Hector Moreno (L) and Mexican defender Rafael Marquez (R) fight for the ball with Dutch striker Arjen Robben.

Earlier in the day at 5pm, Argentina will be hoping Lionel Messi is proves to be the difference, while Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has called on his players to make history to reach their first semi-finals since 1986

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Brazil team doctor: Neymar injured for 'a few weeks'

Brazil forward Neymar has been ruled out of the World Cup after fracturing his vertebrae in the closing stages of the 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia on Friday, his team said.

Brazil team doctor: Neymar injured for 'a few weeks' Credit: PA

"It's not serious in the sense that it doesn't need surgery, but he'll need to immobilise it to recover," team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said after the player had been taken to hospital.

"Unfortunately, he's not going to be able to play," he said, adding he expected the recovery period to take at least a few weeks."

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Scolari: Neymar was 'hunted' during World Cup

Brazil manager Scolari claimed that striker Neymar has been "hunted" during the World Cup.

I think Neymar won't be able to play. Everyone knows he's going to be hunted, for three matches that has been happening.

We are in a situation which is very difficult for the match against Germany.

We are not very hopeful, if we are able to beat Germany it might be he can play in the final.

He has been sent to a private clinic for a serious of exams as he was kneed on his lower back and was crying out with pain.

I can guarantee it won't be easy for him to recover based on what the doctor told us and the pain he is in.

– Brazil manager Scolari

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Brazil's Neymar 'inspired by protests' to score winner

Neymar scored a spectacular volley in the 9th minute against Mexico as Brazil progressed to the Confederations Cup semi-final. Credit: EFE

Brazilian football star Neymar scored a spectacular goal in the Confederations Cup last night after saying he had been inspired by the protests in his country's two biggest cities.

Before yesterday's match against Mexico, Neymar surprisingly spoke up in favour of the protestors, an unusual move for footballers who usually steer clear of politics.

"I'm Brazilian and I love my country. I have a family and friends who live in Brazil. For that reason, I want a Brazil which is more just, safer, healthier and more honest, which is the obligation of the government," he said on Facebook.

"The only way I can represent and defend Brazil is on the pitch, playing football. From now on, I will enter the field inspired by this movement."

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