Brazil legend Ronaldo calls for Colombia’s Juan Camilo Zúñiga to receive punishment for Neymar tackle
Brazil legend Ronaldo has described Juan Camilo Zúñiga’s challenge on Neymar as “violent and unlawful.”
The 2002 World Cup winner was speaking at a FIFA briefing ahead of Tuesday’s semi-final clash between Germany and the host nation.
The former national team superstar believes the Colombia defender should be sanctioned for his tackle.
Reuters quoted the 37-year-old, he said: "It was a very violent, unlawful tackle.
"We all have to fight for football to have more fair play. We have to demand that sanctions be given to violent players.
“I am in favour of very severe sanctions to those who don’t want to play football and just want to do such violent tackles. It was an evil tackle."
The Brazilian legend went on to state that he felt the Spainish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo lost control of the quarter-final match, he added: "The referee lost his authority on the pitch.
"I don’t believe there was a 'hunt' for Neymar, but we could see there was an intention by the Colombia player to harm him."
Ronaldo concluded by revealing he had sent the Brazil youngster a message telling him he can be proud of his showings in this World Cup.
"I sent Neymar a message, conveying my support and solidarity,” Ronaldo revealed.
“I told him the whole country is proud of him and the team will win the World Cup and dedicate it to him.”