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PSG's Neymar handed two-match ban for his part in brawl against Marseille players

03:58 PM Sep 17, 2020 | FPJ Web Desk

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has been banned for two games following his part in the intense brawl at the end of the Ligue 1 game against Marseille on Sunday for which the Brazilian along with four other PSG players were sent off.

The game ended with Marseille having a 1-0 win over PSG for the first time in nine years. The match, however, became a subject of controversy as 17 cards were laid out to players from both sides.

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Neymar also has a third game under a suspended sentence, with Leandro Paredes given the same punishment.

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Layvin Kurzawa has been suspended for six matches while Marseille player Jordan Amavi has been suspended for three games while Dario Benedetto will miss the next match.

Also Read: Ligue 1: Marseille end nine-year winless run against PSG

Marseille's Alvaro Gonzalez had hurled racial abuses towards Neymar, as alleged by the Brazilian.

After the match, Neymar took to Twitter to say that he regretted not hitting Gonzalez in the face while the Marseille defender said that he did not make any racial slurs and Neymar needs to learn how to lose.

On Monday (local time), Neymar again released a lengthy statement saying that he regretted how the entire situation unfolded, but he also asked the people in power to address the issue of racism in sport.

"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. During the game, I wanted to answer as always: playing football. The facts showed that I did not succeed. I revolted. In our sport, aggressions, insults, swearing are part of the game, of the dispute. You can't be affectionate. I understand this guy partly, all is part of the game, but racism and intolerance are unacceptable," Neymar wrote on Instagram.

"I am black, son of black, grandson and great-grandson of black also. I am proud and do not see myself as different from anyone. Yesterday, I wanted those in charge of the game (referees, assistants) to position themselves impartially and to understand that there is no longer such a place for a prejudiced attitude. Reflecting and seeing all the manifestation of what happened, I am saddened by the feeling of hatred that we can provoke when, in the heat of the moment, we snap," he had added.

Also Read: PSG's Neymar vows to fight against racism, says 'pacifying anti-racism movement is our obligation'

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