Carnage in Le Classique as Neymar accuses Alvaro Gonzalez of racism

Tanya Simon
September 14, 2020

PSG striker Neymar reported a racist comment after being sent off during the stormy finale to his team's 1-0 defeat to Marseille.

His side now has a hectic schedule ahead with a home game against Marseille on Sunday followed by Metz at Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

"I only regret that I didn't hit that a**hole in the face", Neymar tweeted.

Winger Florian Thauvin scored in the 31st minute of a tense game featuring more than a dozen yellow cards and which descended into chaos deep into stoppage time as punches and kicks were exchanged.

Pitchside microphones caught Neymar making the accusation to the fourth official, and the PSG forward then repeated his assertion to a nearby camera after VAR confirmed his red card.

It was Marseille's first league win over PSG since November 2011, condemning last season's Champions League runners-up to their second straight league defeat after they suffered a 1-0 opening day setback at Lens.

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A full scale brawl broke out on the pitch in the last minute of stoppage time, forcing referee Jerome Brisard to send off Paris Saint Germain's Neymar, Laywin Kurzawa and Leandro Paredes as well as Marseille's duo of Benedetto and Jordan Amavi. "We will deal with that internally with our players", PSG sporting director Leonardo said.

PSG's last goal came in the 3-0 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League semi-final on August 18, and Neymar poked wide from a Pablo Sarabia cross before the contest turned ugly at the finish.

Thomas Tuchel's side have now lost the first two games of the season - something which has not happened since the 1984/85 campaign.

Mandanda denied Neymar on the hour mark and two minutes later Di Maria had a goal ruled out for offside.

An error from third-choice goalkeeper Marcin Bulka gifted what proved to be the winning goal to Ignatius Ganago in PSG's loss to Lens at Stade Bollaert-Delelis.

Neymar and Di Maria were among six players who tested positive for COVID-19 following a club-approved trip to Ibiza soon after losing the Champions League final.

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