Dani Alves on Diego Forlan's Neymar-Cavani criticism: 'Shut your trap'

Dani Alves on Diego Forlan's Neymar-Cavani criticism: 'Shut your trap'
From ESPN - September 21, 2017

Dani Alves has told Diego Forlan to "shut your trap" after the former Uruguay international criticised the Paris Saint-Germain right-back over his part in the set-piece dispute between Neymar and Edinson Cavani.

Neymar and Cavani had a disagreement over a second-half free kick in PSG's 2-0 win over Lyon on Sunday, with Alves seemingly taking the ball off Cavani and handing it to his fellow Brazilian Neymar.The duo also argued over who should take a later penalty, which Cavani went on to miss.

That led Forlan to come out in defence of his Uruguayan compatriot Cavani, with the former Manchester United man telling Radio Sport 890: "What does not make any sense is what Alves does, he does not give the ball to Cavani and then gives it to Neymar as if he were his b----.

"Cavani deserves respect. He has been scoring goals for years, taking penalties. There has to be respect. Neymar would not have done that with [Lionel] Messi. He did not want Cavani to take the penalty. He was like a little boy annoying him."

Alves then took to Twitter to offer a response to Forlan, while also saying that the penalty that Neymar and Cavani argued over should have been his.

He wrote: "I do not know what match you were watching, but for your information, I did not take the ball away from any of my teammates. It was just the opposite, it was taken from me!

Alves added: "And also for your information, the last penalty kick for PSG was mine. So shut your trap and stop making drama in my name."

Alves was reported to have organised a dinner earlier this week that was attended by both Neymar and Cavani -- something that pleased PSG boss Unai Emery.

"I like that the players dine together," Emery told a news conference. "I am happy because it is good for the players to be together outside of matches and to speak together. They have trained well this week. I think that it was a good thing."


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