Paris Saint-Germain star, Neymar, has been handed a two-match ban by the French football authority, The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP).
Neymar was sent off after slapping Olympique De Marseille defender, Alvaro Gonzalez, in a feisty match on Sunday. The defending champions lost to Marseille 1-0 in a match that saw five players sent off after things got ugly in the middle.
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Neymar, Layvin Kurzawa, and Leandro Paredes of PSG received red-cards after a fight broke out between the two teams in the final moments of the match. After the match, Neymar tweeted that Gonzalez hurled racist abuse at him during the game which led to the Brazilian slapping him at the back of the head.
During the match, Neymar also complained about Gonzalez’s racist behavior.
VAR pegar a minha “agressão” é mole … agora eu quero ver pegar a imagem do racista me chamando de “MONO HIJO DE PUTA” (macaco filha da puta)… isso eu quero ver!
E aí? CARRETILHA vc me pune.. CASCUDO sou expulso… e eles? E aí ?
— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) September 13, 2020
The French football authorities have initiated an investigation into Neymar’s claim of racist abuse. LFP said that they will analyze the match footage to observe what actually happened between the two players.
The accused player Gonzalez, on the other hand, tweeted that he did not use a racial slur and said that there is no room for racism in football.
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No existe lugar para el racismo. Carrera limpia y con muchos compañeros y amigos en el día a día. A veces hay que aprender a perder y asumirlo en el campo. Increibles 3 puntos hoy. Allez l’OM💙 Gracias familia⚪️Ⓜ️🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/4DuUT1PT0x
— Álvaro González (@AlvaroGonzalez_) September 13, 2020
French football authorities also summoned Argentinian footballer, Angel Di Maria, who was accused of spitting at Alvaro Gonzalez. The incident is under review and the final decision will be made after a complete investigation.