Alves replaces Naymar as Brazil Captain for Copa America

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The new captain Dani Alves

Neymar has been stripped of the Brazil captaincy for next month's Copa America and been replaced by Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Dani Alves.

The Copa America will be played from June 14 to July 7, with hosts Brazil, who have not won the title since 2007, taking on Bolivia in the opening match in Sao Paulo before facing Venezuela and Peru.

'Daniel Alves will be captain of the Brazilian national team in the friendly matches against Qatar and Honduras and in Copa America Brazil 2019,' the country's football federation (CBF) said in a statement.

Right back Alves, who has 138 caps for Brazil, was informed of his new role on Sunday. 

The 36-year-old has captained his country on four previous occasions, the last of which was a 1-0 friendly victory over Germany in 2018.

Brazil coach Tite had named Neymar permanent captain a few months after Brazil's World Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of Belgium last year, but has been under pressure to replace the 27-year-old due to his disciplinary issues.

Tite informed him on Saturday that he would not captain Brazil at the Copa America, the CBF said. 

Neymar was banned for three matches by the French football authorities earlier this month for hitting a fan after PSG's French Cup final loss to Stade Rennes, and was also reportedly involved in a dressing fracas with his PSG team-mates.

Video emerged of an incident in which the Brazilian star reacted to a comment by a Rennes supporter as he went to collect his runners-up medal. 

He exchanged words with the supporter, who was filming him on his mobile phone, and then lashed out. 

It was also revealed earlier this month that Neymar will appeal the separate three-game suspension handed down by UEFA for criticising the match officials during PSG's defeat by Manchester United in the second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie at the Parc des Princes. 

'This is a disgrace, they put four people that know nothing about football in charge of looking at the replay for VAR,' Neymar wrote on social media.

'There is no penalty. How can it be a handball when it hits his back! Go f**k yourselves!'

United were awarded a controversial penalty in stoppage time when the official consulted the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and Marcus Rashford converted to send United through on away goals.  

PSG stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe reportedly fell out after the former criticised the attitude of the squad's 'young people' after losing the French Cup final.