The world of football saw another instance of racism on the pitch as Neymar, the PSG ace accused Alvaro Gonzalez, the Marseille defender of making racial remarks. The 28-year-old lost his cool and slapped the Spaniard on his head. The Brazilian saw a red card after confirmed by the VAR. However, the PSG striker used his social media platforms to raise his voice against the nuisance of racism, while also regretting the slap he gave to Gonzalez.
Neymar continues his protest against racism
PSG clashed with the rivals, Marseille on Sunday. Florian Thauvin, the Marseille player scored the only goal of the match and gave his side 1-0 victory over the Parisians.
Neymar had previously Tweeted accusing Alvaro Gonzalez of his racist remarks that he faced during the match and now the 28-year-old striker took to his Instagram page to revolt against the same.
In his post, Neymar admitted that he contemplated hitting Gonzalez for racial abuse, in return of which he got punished with the red card. He revealed that he wanted to take the necessary actions on his own and felt the officials would not do the needful.
He also said, “During the game I wanted to answer, as always, playing football. The facts show that I did not succeed, I revolted.”
“In our sport, aggressions, insults, swearing are part of the game, of the dispute. You can’t be affectionate. I understand this guy partly. All is a part of the game but racism and intolerance are unacceptable.”
The Brazilian striker said, “Yesterday I wanted those in charge of the game (referees, assistants) to position themselves impartially and understand that there is no longer such a place for a prejudiced attitude.”
“Reflecting and seeing all the manifestation that happened. I am saddened by the feeling of hatred that we can provoke when in the heat of the moment we snap.”
“Racism exists. It exists. But we have to stop it. No more, enough!”
PSG supports the protest initiated by Neymar
PSG also has Neymar’s back as they released a statement which said, “Paris Saint-Germain strongly supports Neymar Jr. who reported being subjected to racist abuse by an opposing player.”
“The club restates that there is no place for racism in society, in football or in our lives and calls on everyone to speak out against all forms of racism throughout the world.”
The club is now waiting for LFP’s Disciplinary Commission, that would run an investigation and determine the truth of the incident and ascertain facts.
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