Neymar says he was racially abused by Marseille player

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Neymar was amongst 5 players despatched off in stoppage time as Marseille beat bitter rival Paris Saint-Germain for the primary time in 9 years.

PSG star Neymar obtained a straight red in Marseille’s 1-Zero win following an altercation with heart half Alvaro Gonzalez on Sunday. Neymar was despatched off following a video replay exhibiting he aimed a jab to the back of Gonzalez’s head.

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As he went off, Neymar informed officers that he had been racially abused.

“It’s a serious wrongdoing if that’s the case but I don’t think so,” Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas mentioned.”What we noticed, what was seen, is that (Angel) Di Maria spat (on Gonzalez).”With obvious reference to Gonzalez, Neymar later tweeted “The only regret I have is not hitting the face of this idiot.”In a later tweet, Neymar mentioned “It is easy for the VAR (video review) to see my ‘aggression’” and added he was subjected to offensive insults of a racist nature.

“Neymar told me that it was a racist insult. I didn’t hear anything on the field,” PSG coach Thomas Tuchel mentioned.”Racism in life, in all domains, in sport, shouldn’t exist.”

Winger Florian Thauvin scored within the 31st minute of a tense game that includes greater than a dozen yellow cards and which descended into chaos deep into stoppage time as punches and kicks had been exchanged.

It was Marseille’s first victory over PSG since a 3-Zero house win in November 2011.

PSG has now misplaced three straight games 1-0, together with the Champions League concluding towards Bayern Munich on Aug. 23 and away to promoted Lens last Thursday.

PSG misplaced its opening two league games for the primary time for the reason that 1984-85 season and Tuchel may discover himself below early stress.

The game ended with PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa and Marseille counterpart Jordan Amavi despatched off for battling within the seventh minute of harm time at Parc des Princes.

PSG’s Leandro Paredes and Marseille’s Dario Benedetto quickly adopted earlier than Neymar’s expulsion.

“The fight is something very serious. We will deal with that internally with our players,” PSG sporting director Leonardo mentioned.”We must take a look at every little thing to take a coherent stance however the scenario is critical.” Neymar had returned to the aspect together with winger Di Maria after each had been amongst a complete of seven PSG players who had examined positive for the coronavirus.

Right back Alessandro Florenzi made his PSG debut after signing on a season’s mortgage from Roma this week and virtually arrange a aim after two minutes, just for goalkeeper Steve Mandanda to palm away midfielder Marco Verratti’s shot.

Thauvin spent most of last season sidelined with a problematic ankle harm, however made it two objectives in two games this campaign following a sensible run to the back submit to show in playmaker Dimitri Payet’s free kick.

Mandanda denied Neymar on the hour mark and two minutes later Di Maria had a aim dominated out for offside.

Benedetto’s effort was additionally dominated offside one minute later, with Thauvin this time dominated offside within the buildup following a video replay despite the fact that he gave the impression to be stage with a defender. Neymar then went shut once more moments after.

Neymar and Di Maria had been amongst six players who examined positive for COVID-19 following a club-approved journey to Ibiza quickly after dropping the Champions League concluding.

Captain Marquinhos and striker Mauro Icardi additionally examined positive following that journey to Spain and weren’t within the squad. Neither was star striker Kylian Mbappé, whose positive virus take a look at occurred on worldwide responsibility with France last week.

PSG was lacking all seven when it misplaced at Lens.


Forward Serhou Guirassy scored twice as Rennes stored its unbeaten begin to the French league season with a convincing 4-2 win at Nimes.

Guirassy netted twice within the first half whereas defender Nayef Aguerd and midfielder Benjamin Bourigeaud added objectives after the break for Rennes, which has certified for this season’s Champions League and has seven factors from three games to date.

Monaco additionally has seven factors after beating Nantes 2-1 at house because of objectives from midfielder Sofiane Diop and ahead Willem Geubbels, both aspect of an equalizer from Ludovic Blas.

Promoted Lens adopted up its 1-Zero win towards PSG with a 3-2 win at Lorient. Ignatius Ganago, who netted the winner towards PSG, was among the many Lens scorers.

Elsewhere, it was: Lille 1, Metz 0; Angers 1, Reims 0; and Dijon 0, Brest 2.

[Attribution HT.]

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