Paris (AP) – After the chaotic match between Champions League finalists Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Marseille, the French league waived a new penalty against PSG star striker Neymar.
As the league announced on Wednesday evening, the disciplinary committee is lacking enough information for allegedly discriminatory statements that would have fallen between Neymar and opponent Alvaro Gonzalez.
Neymar saw the red card in the closing stages of the league game against Olympique Marseille on September 13 because he hit Gonzalez on the back of the head with the palm of his hand. Neymar had already been banned for two games by the competition’s disciplinary committee after the game, a different probation period applies.
Neymar had stated that the reason for his withdrawal was racist remarks. Gonzalez and Marseille coach André Villas-Boas had rejected the allegations after the game. Neymar apologized for his behavior after the incidents, but renewed allegations of racism. “Racism and bigotry are not acceptable,” the Brazilian striker wrote on Instagram.
At the end of the game, Neymar was one of five players who had to leave the field prematurely due to a tangible argument. Paris lost the match of the French championship 0-1.