Neymar In Danger Of Long Time Ban After Punching Defender
Neymar was one of the five players sent off after a fight which broke out between Argentine pair Dario Benedetto and Leandro Paredes and then extended to other players at the end of PSG‘s shock defeat of 1-0 to Marseille.
During the clash, Neymar punched Alvaro Gonzalez with a claim that the Marseille defender called him a ‘monkey son of a bitch’ in a racism attack. This led to his being dismissed by VAR for his attack on Alvaro.
RMC Sport reports the 28-year-old could be suspended for as many as seven matches.
A statement was issued by PSG on Monday which reads;
Paris Saint-Germain strongly supports Neymar Jr who reported being subjected to racist abuse by an opposing player.
The club restates that there is no place for racism in society, in football or in our lives and calls on everyone to speak out against all forms of racism throughout the world.
Yesterday I wanted those in charge of the game (referees, assistants) to position themselves impartially and understand that there is no longer such a place for a prejudiced attitude.
Racism exists, it exists, but we have to stop it. No more, enough!
I accept my punishment because I should have followed the path of clean football. I hope, on the other hand, that the offender will also be punished.
The guy was a fool, I also acted like a fool for letting me getting involved in that.”
Marseille also released a statement denying the claim that Gonzales is a racist. It read:
Alvaro Gonzalez is not racist, he demonstrated it to us by his daily behaviour since joining the club, as his teammates have already testified.
The club remains at the disposal of the disciplinary committee to fully cooperate in the investigation of all the events which marked this meeting, and the 24 hours which preceded them.
This controversy is serious and already has serious consequences.
The club thus condemns the dissemination of the private telephone numbers of Alvaro Gonzalez and his relatives this night on Brazilian media and social networks, giving rise since to constant harassment, consisting in particular of death threats.”
The two players involved in the scandal thereby await a review from the French governing body, LFP who will hand out an appropriate sanction to the players.