PSG Star Angel Di Maria Banned For Spitting On Alvaro Gonzalez

Paris Saint-Germain forward Angel Di Maria has been issued a four-game ban for spitting at Marseille's Alvaro Gonzalez.

The 32-year-old gobbed at his opponent during the Ligue 1 clash earlier this month.

Tempers flared and punches were thrown in injury time with five red cards shown – including to Neymar.

The Brazilian claimed he was racially abused by Gonzalez and responded by thumping the defender in the back of the head.

Spitting in any context is abhorrent but even more so during the coronavirus pandemic with safety so important.

And Di Maria will now miss four matches for PSG – but only after this weekend's fixture against Reims which he is still available for.

It means the Argentine will miss the French champions' Ligue 1 clashes against Angers, Nimes, Dijon and Nantes.

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Gonzalez, meanwhile, faces an anxious wait to see if he will be handed a ban of his own – which could be as long as ten matches – as an investigation continues into the allegation of racism.

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