Tuesday September 15, 2020 ((rezonodwes.com)) – The “Clasico” won Sunday by Marseille on the Paris SG (1-0) pitch continued on Monday with a press release between the two clubs: PSG gave his support to his Brazilian superstar, who claims to be the victim of racist insults, while OM have defended the Spaniard Alvaro Gonzalez.
The Neymar affair is relegating the pitiful start of season of PSG which, less than a month after its Champions League final lost against Bayern Munich (1-0), is dragging itself to 17th place in L1 with two defeats in as many matches.
During this season sulphurous match, marked at the end of the match by the exclusion of five players, including Neymar for slapping Alvaro Gonzalez in the back of the head, the Brazilian striker of PSG complained to the referees, repeating to very numerous “racismo, no! “(” Racism, no! “, In Spanish), pointing to the Spanish defender.
” Yesterday, I got lost in the match and I lacked wisdom “, explained the Brazilian on Monday on his account Instagram.
“My teammates and I asked the referees for help, and we were ignored. That is the subject, ”also wrote Neymar, who said he was“ sad to see the feeling of hatred that one can provoke when one revolts in the heat. ”
PSG supported his star who, after the match, had violently attacked Alvaro Gonzalez on social networks (“My only regret is not having hit that asshole in the face”).
“PSG firmly supports Neymar who him reported being the victim of racist insults by an opposing player, “the club said in a statement.
” Paris Saint-Germain are counting on the LFP's disciplinary committee to investigate and shed light on these facts . The club is at his disposal to collaborate in the progress of the investigations “, he continued, insisting that” there is no place for racism in society, football or our lives “.  – “Gonzales is not racist” –
Alvaro Gonzalez is not racist, he demonstrated it to us by his daily behavior since his arrival at the club, as his teammates have already testified to “, writes the Marseille club, which calls itself” the very symbol of anti-racism in French professional sport “.
” The club is 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 “, continues the text. .
It is therefore the disciplinary committee of the Professional Football League (LFP) which finds itself th n first line.
She announced at the beginning of the afternoon that she would look at the five red cards distributed at the end of the match from Wednesday to determine the number of suspension matches incurred by Parisians Neymar, Layvin Kurzawa and Leandro Paredes, and by Marseillais Dario Benedetto and Jordan Amavi.
– SOS Racisme calls for an investigation –
According to the disciplinary scale of the French Football Federation used as a reference for Ligue 1, a player is guilty of an “act of brutality / blow” can be punished up to seven matches of suspension if this occurs outside of a game action, without causing injury.
The committee can decide to throw an instruction on these supposed acts, from the report delivered by the arbitrator and based on the television images. Any racist behavior is punishable by a maximum suspension of ten matches.
These accusations of racism prompted the reaction of the National Ethics Council (CNE), a body dependent on the French Football Federation, but also SOS Racisme.
“The climate in which the matchday 3 of the Ligue 1 championship, Paris Saint-Germain-Olympique de Marseille was prepared and played out, is not acceptable. Yesterday’s game, as well as before and after the game, brought together a lot of what we no longer want to see on the pitch and on the sidelines of a sports meeting, ”said the CNE.
“These comments, if they were made, appear much more serious than game mistakes,” notes SOS Racisme, which asks the LFP to open an investigation.
The Neymar affair makes react in Brazil too.
“There is no place for people who proclaim hatred or racism. Don't be guided by hatred, my brother, “Daniel Alves, his ex-teammate at FC Barcelona, Paris SG and Brazilian national team, wrote on Instagram.
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