Ligue 1

FFF president says racism doesn't exist in football after Neymar accusations

The Paris Saint-Germain was one of five players sent off in a fiery Le Classique encounter on Sunday

10:50am on Thursday 17th September 2020
Martin Macdonald

French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet has controversially claimed that racism "does not exist" within the sport.

At the conclusion of the Marseille versus Paris Saint-Germain match on Sunday, no less than five players were sent off after a huge brawl in the middle of the pitch.

One of these players was Neymar, who claimed afterwards that he was racially abused by Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez.

Marseille have defended their player and vehemently denied there was any racial language used.


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Le Graet thinks the whole idea of racism in football is exaggerated anyway.

"When a black player scores a goal, the whole stadium is on its feet. This phenomenon of racism in sport, and in football in particular, does not exist at all or barely exists," he told BFM Business.

Le Graet did take time to criticise the behaviour of the PSG and Marseille players, however, following the most fiercely contested Le Classique in years.

"It is a match that the entirety of France was anticipating, It went badly," he added.

"The behaviour of the players was not exemplary. We deplore that. It is a shame. They were not able to keep their cool, nor give the show that we were expecting."

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