Neymar was red-carded and sent off on his return from COVID-19 quarantine as Marseille ended their 20-match win-less streak against the Paris Saint-Germain with 1-0 victory on Sunday.
Neymar, who was one of the five players sent off in mass brawl during the game, now alleges that he had been a victim of racism. The Brazilian star was red-carded and sent off after a VAR review confirmed that he slapped the Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez on the back of the head, during Sunday’s game.
“Look at the racism. That’s why I hit him,” Neymar said as he was leaving the field. PSG coach, Thomas Tuchel said, “Neymar told me it was a racist insult, but I didn’t hear anything on the pitch”,. The Marseille defender, Gonzalez later on denied making any racist comment.
Neymar accused Gonzalez of calling him a “monkey” in a series of furious tweets after his send off.
“It’s easy for VAR to show my ‘aggression’. ‘Now I’d like to them to show the image of the racist who called me a ‘MONKEY SON OF A BITCH’. I’d really like that!”, the PSG star tweeted.
Neymar, infact was so furious with his send off that he wrote a tweet saying he regretted having not hit Gonzalez in the face.
“The only regret I have is not hitting this idiot in the face,”, Neymar tweeted after the match.UP: Special force to search, arrest without warrant gets Cabinet nod
Reacting to the allegations raised by Neymar, the Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas told Telefoot, “There is no place for racism in football but I don’t think that was the case,….. We’ll have to look at it. “
In a match which was filled with chaos, two of Neymar’s PSG teammates Layvin Kurzawa and Leandro Paredes, along with Marseille striker Dario Benedetto and defender Jordan Amavi were also red-carded and sent off.
PSG sporting director Leonardo felt the match was completely out of referee Jerome Brisard’s control. “Fourteen yellow cards and five reds means the match was out of control,” said Leonardo after the match. Suggesting that referee Brisard lacked the experience to officiate such a fixture, Leonardo said, “Not to criticize the referee but perhaps it’s not the time to officiate a ‘clasico.'”.