Neymar Banned For Two Matches Pending Racial Abused Investigation

"Alvaro Gonzalez is not racist; he demonstrated it to us by his daily behaviour since joining the club, as his team-mates have already testified."

Paris Saint-Germain Neymar has been banned for two games after being sent off against Marseille, French football authorities investigate accusation of racial abuse.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward was the last of five red cards in Sunday’s bad-tempered Ligue 1 match after he hit Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez.

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The Brazil International later accused his opponent Alvaro Gonzalez of racism on social media and urged the authorities to use VAR to investigate.

Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez has denied Neymar’s claim.

The other four players sent off have also received bans – with Paris Saint-Germain defender Layvin Kurzawa suspended for six matches.

His team-mate Leandro Paredes has been banned for two games – while for Marseille, Jordan Amavi has received a three-match suspension and Dario Benedetto must sit out one game.

The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP), the governing body of professional French football, has confirmed it will investigate Neymar’s accusation.

Paris Saint-Germain said they will “strongly support” their player, while Marseille released a statement saying: “Alvaro Gonzalez is not racist; he demonstrated it to us by his daily behaviour since joining the club, as his team-mates have already testified.”

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Angel di Maria, Neymar’s PSG team-mate, will also be summoned to the LFP’s disciplinary commission meeting on 23 September following claims he spat at Marseille’s Gonzalez.

Neymar, Paredes, Kurzawa, Amavi, and Benedetto were dismissed after a brawl broke out in added time at the end of the match at the Parc des Princes, which Marseille won 1-0.

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