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Men’s Football Neymar has no regrets hitting defender who racially abused him

PSG star Neymar wishes he hit “idiot” Alvaro Gonzalez in the face after accusing the Marseille defender of racially abusing him.

Neymar was one of five players to be sent off in the final moments of Sunday’s match. 

Punches and kicks were exchanged in stoppage time, with PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa and Marseille counterpart Jordan Amavi being shown red cards for their fight. PSG’s Leandro Paredes and Marseille’s Dario Benedetto joined them seconds later.

Video replays showed Neymar jabbing Gonzalez in the back of his head and as the Brazilian headed down the tunnel, he told the fourth official he was the victim of racist abuse.

With apparent reference to Gonzalez, Neymar tweeted: “The only regret I have is not hitting the face of this idiot,” before adding: “It is easy for the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) to see my ‘aggression.’” He then confirmed he was racially abused.

Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas said in his post-match interview: “It’s a serious wrongdoing if that’s the case but I don’t think so. What we saw, what was visible, is that [Angel] Di Maria spat [on Gonzalez].”

Neymar’s coach Thomas Tuchel said he didn’t hear any racism but that “Racism in life, in all domains, in sport, should not exist.”


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