Paris St Germain forward Neymar has claimed that he was a target of a racist slur during the French champions’ 1-0 defeat by Olympique Marseille on Sunday.
A full-scale brawl broke out on the pitch in the last minute of stoppage time, forcing the referee to send off PSG’s Laywin Kurzawa and Leandro Paredes as well as Marseille’s duo of Dario Benedetto and Jordan Amavi.
Neymar was then also sent off for striking Alvaro Gonzalez on the back of the head, having had several incidents with the Spanish defender previously in the game.
On leaving the pitch, Neymar was heard by pitchside microphones claiming to one of the match officials he was racially abused on the pitch.
Neymar tweeted after the game, saying his only regret was not hitting Gonzalez in the face.
He later posted: “It’s easy for VAR to capture my aggression. Now I want to see it capture the footage of the racist calling me a monkey son of a b****. That’s what I want to see!
“I do tricks and I get punished. A tap on the head and I get sent off. What about them?”
Gonzalez strongly denied the accusation on Twitter, insisting there is “no place for racism” and he has had a “clean career”.
In a reply to Gonzalez’s tweet, Neymar wrote: “You’re not man enough to own up to your mistake, losing is part of the sport. Insulting and bringing racism into our lives isn’t.
“I can’t agree with that. I DON’T RESPECT YOU! YOU HAVE NO CHARACTER! Own up to what you say my brother … be a MAN! RACIST.”
PSG missed several first-team regulars who had contracted COVID-19 to suffer their second successive league defeat.
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By Ofhani Munyai