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Racism Exists! Ligue 1 Officials Ignored Claims Against Alvaro - PSG Star Neymar Writes Stinging Social Media Post

Despite conceding his actions lacked wisdom, Neymar said he was compelled to react to Alvaro, citing a lack of help from the officials, during the volatile PSG vs Marseille match

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Racism Exists! Ligue 1 Officials Ignored Claims Against Alvaro - PSG Star Neymar Writes Stinging Social Media Post
Referee Jerome Brisard waves away the appeals of PSG players for a penalty against Marseille
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Racism Exists! Ligue 1 Officials Ignored Claims Against Alvaro - PSG Star Neymar Writes Stinging Social Media Post
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2020-09-15T09:59:25+05:30

Neymar felt he could not leave the field without responding to Alvaro after claiming the officials ignored his accusations of racism against the Marseille defender. (More Football News)

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar was one of five players sent off in scenes that marred the end of Sunday's Classique at the Parc des Princes, which Marseille won 1-0.

The Brazil forward saw red for striking Alvaro on the back of the head and their confrontation later continued on social media.

READ: PSG Back Neymar And Call For Investigation

Alvaro denied Neymar's allegations with a Twitter post that drew an angry response from the former Barcelona star.

PSG have backed Neymar and called for an investigation into the claims, while Marseille have since put out a statement insisting Alvaro is not racist.

In a lengthy post on Instagram explaining his actions, Neymar wrote: "Yesterday I revolted. I was punished with red because I wanted to hit someone who offended me.

"I thought I could not leave without doing something because I realised that those in charge would not do anything, did not notice or ignored the fact.

ALSO READ: Alvaro Hits Back At Neymar

"In our sport, aggressions, insults, swearing are part of the game, of the dispute. You can't be affectionate, I understand this guy [Alvaro] partly, all is a part of the game. But racism and intolerance are unacceptable.

"I am black, son of black, grandson and great grandson of black also. I am proud and I do not see myself as different from anyone.

"Yesterday I wanted those in charge of the game (referees, assistants) to position themselves impartially and understand that there is no longer such a place for a prejudiced attitude.

"Reflecting and seeing all the manifestation that happened, I am saddened by the feeling of hatred that we can provoke when, in the heat of the moment, we snap."

Neymar continued: "Should I have ignored it? I don't know yet… Today, with a cool head, I say yes, but in due course, my companions and I asked the referees for help, and we were ignored. That's the point!

"I accept my punishment because I should have followed the path of clean football. I hope, on the other hand, that the offender will also be punished.

"Racism exists. It exists. But we have to stop it. No more, enough!

"Yesterday I lost in the game and I lacked wisdom. Being in the centre of this situation or ignoring a racist act will not help, I know. But pacifying this "anti-racism" movement is our obligation so that the less privileged will naturally receive their defence."


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