Neymar critcises carnival fixtures

Rio de Janeiro, Feb 12 (IANS) 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, reports Xinhua.

"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 2p.m. Wednesday, when the country's public servants and most private sector companies return to work.