During Paris Saint-Germain 0-1 loss to Marseille on Sunday night, Neymar accused defender Alvaro Gonzalez of racism as a video emerged of the Brazilian saying ‘racism no’.
Teammate Angel di Maria was also accused of spitting at Alvaro.
Then, in injury-time, there was a mêlée which saw five players sent off, where Neymar landed a punch to the back of the head of Alvaro.
After VAR spotted it, Neymar was shown a straight red card.
On his way off the pitch, the world’s most expensive player told the fourth official of a racist incident.
Then, at full-time, Neymar tweeted: “My only regret is not hitting that a*****e in the face.”
If Neymar’s allegations are proven, then you can understand his actions.
However, that doesn’t mean Neymar won’t be punished for his punch. In fact, according to reports, he could be banned for seven games.
RMC Sport state that ‘the Disciplinary Commission of the LPF determines in annex 2 of article 13.1 of the Regulations that an aggressive action committed outside a game set and without causing injury to the opponent can lead to the suspension of seven games.’
However, ‘if the reason for the red card is an attempted assault, the penalty could be up to six’.
Should Alvaro be guilty of racism, then surely the French league should be lenient when it comes to dishing out Neymar’s punishment.
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