In an interview previously conducted with Panenka magazine, the 31-year-old explained that he would never look to hurt anybody with his tackles, despite his physical style of play.
“The referee, the fans, I think the key to all this is that they also see there is no malice,” Casemiro explained.
“I always try to get the ball. I always go strong because that is who I am, and I like the intensity that I play with, but there is no malice. I have never gone with studs to hurt a player and, vice versa, if someone is going to hurt a player, I get angry because that is not football.
“In football, you can foul and fouls are part of the game. But never with malice and I think it comes from my values which my mother taught me. And I’m never going to hurt a player. I am never going to insult a player. I am never going to do anything wrong.
“Of course, being on the field, you can stir up a player, that is normal, and it will always happen because each one defends their badge. But the values that my mother taught me is never to hurt anyone.
“I think I am going to keep fouling and receiving cards because that is football but I believe that the values my mother taught me is to never hurt anyone.”
This interview is available to read in full in Panenka magazine.