Neymar was heard making a claim of racism as five players were sent off in stoppage time in Marseille’s smash-and-grab 1-0 win at Ligue 1 champions PSG on Sunday.
Florian Thauvin gave Marseille their 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.
A full-scale brawl broke out on the pitch in the last minute of stoppage time, forcing referee Jerome Brisard to send off PSG’s Laywin Kurzawa and Leandro Paredes as well as Marseille’s duo of Dario Benedetto and Jordan Amavi.
Neymar was then also sent off for striking Alvaro Gonzalez in the back of the head, having had several incidents with the Spanish defender previously in the game.
On leaving the pitch, Neymar was heard by pitchside microphones claiming to one of the match officials he was racially abused on the pitch.
Neymar tweeted after the game, saying his “only regret” was not hitting Marseille defender Gonzalez in the face.
He later posted: “It’s easy for VAR to capture my aggression. Now I want to see it capture the footage of the racist calling me a monkey son of a b****. That’s what I want to see!
“I do tricks and I get punished. A tap on the head and I get sent off. What about them?”
Gonzalez strenuously denied the accusation on social media, insisting there is “no place for racism” and he has had a “clean career”.
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