Brazil coach Tite said star striker Neymar made a mistake by getting involved in the altercation after PSG’s defeat in the Coupe de France final and said he would have a private conversation with the player when they next meet.
Tite announced a 23-man squad for the Copa America to be held on home soil starting next month and, as expected, Neymar was included despite his recent injury problems and French league suspension for an altercation with a fan.
“Neymar was wrong. For the sake of education, as Brazil coach and personally, I will have a chat with him, for the sake of education and principles.
“First, I will chat with him. The same way I had a chat with Douglas Costa and the same way I will have a chat with Lucas Paqueta, for the sake of conduct, for the sake of education.”
Ajax’s David Neres makes the squad but Tottenham’s Lucas Moura and Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr were left out.
The team will play two friendlies before the Copa America begins, facing Qatar on June 5 in Brasilia and Honduras four days later in Porto Alegre.
The Brazilians, who last won the continental title in 2007, will play in Group A with Bolivia, Peru and Venezuela.
Italian media reported Neymar was in Turin on Thursday to attend an event with Juventus winger Douglas Costa, the Brazilian’s friend and compatriot.
The 27-year-old returned from a three-month injury layoff last weekend during PSG’s title-clinching win over Monaco, coming off the bench in an appearance that could have been a warm-up ahead of being restored to the starting XI for Saturday’s final against Rennes.
“I do not know about it,” Tuchel told reporters on Friday, as quoted by Goal.
“I’m not his father, not the police, not a detective.
“I’m the head coach and he was at training yesterday and with us today. That’s it.”
Neymar missed the 3-1 Champions League last 16 second leg due to injury. But he later took to social media and lambasted the match officials. United were awarded a stoppage-time penalty at the Parc de Princes after it was decided that Diogo Dalot’s shot hit the arm of Presnel Kimpembe, with VAR’s assistance. Marcus Rashford scored to level 3-3 and send United through on away goals.
“It’s a disgrace. They get four guys who don’t understand football to watch a slow motion replay in front of the TV,” Neymar wrote in Portuguese on Instagram.
Neymar was found guilty of “insulting/molesting acts against match official”, the governing body said in a statement.
The 27-year-old will now miss half of PSG’s group stage matches in the Champions League next season.
According to reports, Neymar was so livid with the decision that he had to be stopped by PSG staff from entering the referee’s dressing room.