Neymar insisted he had been the victim of racism as he was one of five players sent off in a mass brawl at the end of Marseille’s 1-0 win over Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.
Neymar accuse Alvaro Gonzalez of calling him a “monkey” in a series of furious tweets after he was sent off in injury time for slapping the Marseille defender on the back of the head.
The PSG’s Brazilian star said “Look at the racism. That’s why I hit him,” as he left the pitch but Gonzalez later denied making a racist comment.
Neymar then tweeted after the game saying “The only regret I have is not hitting this idiot in the face”.
The world’s most expensive player was red-carded after a VAR review, while teammates Layvin Kurzawa and Leandro Paredes were also sent off. Marseille striker Dario Benedetto and defender Jordan Amavi were also expelled.
Neymar tweeted “It’s easy for VAR to show my ‘aggression’. ‘Now I’d like to tell them to show the image of the racist who called me a ‘MONKEY SON OF A BITCH’. I’d really like that!”
PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said, Neymar “told me it was a racist insult, but I didn’t hear anything on the pitch”.
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.”
When Gonzalez was asked about the incident, he replied saying “What racism?” and also posted a picture of himself surrounded by multi-racial teammates
“There’s no place for racism,” He wrote, adding: “Sometimes you have to learn to lose and take it on the field.”