Neymar criticises carnival fixtures

Updated: Feb 12, 2013, 14:05 PM IST

Rio de Janeiro: Star striker Neymar has criticised Sao Paulo`s football federation FPF for scheduling matches during Brazil`s carnival celebrations.

Neymar made the comments after scoring a late consolation goal in Santos` shock 1-3 defeat to Paulista in the Campeonato Paulista Monday.

"It`s disappointing to lose but even more so during the carnival," Neymar said. "This is a holiday, we shouldn`t have to work."

Brazil`s Carnival festivities began Friday and officially conclude at 2 p.m. Wednesday, when the country`s public servants and most private sector companies return to work.