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Xavi explains shove on Neymar at Barcelona trophy parade, tells Brazilian to watch conduct

Xavi: Why I shoved Neymar

12/06/2015 at 12:36Updated 12/06/2015 at 13:59

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi says he shoved teammate Neymar at the club's Champions League victory parade for disrespecting the fans.

Xavi played his final game for the Blaugrana in their 3-1 Champions League final win over Juventus, having been at the club since joining as a youth player in 1991.

The players celebrated their treble success with the fans the following day with the only sour note being Xavi's shove on Brazilian team-mate Neymar.

Xavi - who was unveiled by his new club Al-Sadd on Thursday - has now explained that he felt the Brazilian should have been paying more attention to the hundreds of thousands of fans who had lined the streets of Barcelona.

"He (Neymar) was trying to take my shoes off and pushing me when I was on the edge of the bus," Xavi told Qatari newspaper Sport.

Barcelona's players celebrate from an open-top bus during celebration parade in Barcelona.

Barcelona's players celebrate from an open-top bus during celebration parade in Barcelona.Eurosport

"These parades are for the people after all. It’s okay to have three or four beers but the parade is for the people and it’s the chance for us to thank them for our support. You can’t just do what you want to do."

Barcelona's players and staff members pose with their trophies during celebration parade at Camp Nou

Barcelona's players and staff members pose with their trophies during celebration parade at Camp NouReuters

Xavi also went on to say that he felt Neymar needed to show his opponents more respect on some occassions, too, after flicking the ball over the head of an Athletic Bilbao player during the Copa Del Rey final.

"This sort of thing is accepted in Brazil but here he will need to learn how to win and to lose," said Xavi.

"He is an extraordinary player who also works hard and is very humble but he maybe just needs to reflect a little.

"If you do that [trick] in the first minute when it’s 0-0 it is one thing but if you do it when he did it… he needs to think about that."

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