Neymar has complained about the rough-house tackling he has experienced in Ligue 1.
And Xavi said of his former Barca teammate to RMC: "There were episodes with opponents who make mistakes and provoke him and it is true that he would react because of his character. But nothing more.
"He is a player who deserves attention and the world of football must protect him, because he creates the show. It's a very Brazilian mentality to see football as a way to have fun. Maybe it's interpreted as a lack of respect, but not at all. I who know him personally, he is not that. He plays to have fun.
"He's like the Brazilians, like Daniel Alves, who play for fun. You have to understand his way of being. We think it's a lack of respect, but it's not that, I really insist. He must have his character, he's a competitor, and it can create tension, but he'll continue (at PSG). He said this publicly."