The match between PSG and Marseille caused a sensation. World star Neymar accused his opponent Gonzalez of racism. Now the Paris superstar is apologizing – at least in part.
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Brazilian superstar Neymar of French football champion Paris St. Germain expressed self-criticism after his breakdown and dismissal. “The man was an idiot. But I also acted like an idiot because I let myself in,” Neymar wrote on Instagram about his fight with Alvaro Gonzalez of Olympique Marseille.
Neymar had hit Gonzalez in the back of the head in injury time of the game against OM (0: 1) on Sunday and saw red for it. The South American later wrote on Twitter that the opponent had racially insulted him. A total of five were made redundant.
“Racism and bigotry are unacceptable”
“I thought I couldn’t leave without doing something because I realized that those responsible would not do anything, would not notice or ignore the fact,” said Neymar: “In our sport, aggression, insults and swearing are part of it. game., of the argument. I partially understand this man, everything is part of the game, but racism and bigotry are unacceptable. “
Neymar went on to write: “Should I have ignored it? I don’t know yet. Today I would say yes with a cool head. But at that point my teammates and I asked the referees for help and were ignored.”
“Racism exists. We have to stop it”
He will accept the punishment, Neymar wrote, but at the same time he hopes that Gonzales will also have to do penance. “Racism exists. It exists. But we have to stop it. Never again. Enough!”, Neymar clarified.
“Alvaro Gonzalez is not a racist,” Marseille said in a statement. “We know that from his daily behavior since he joined the club.”