Neymar will not face suspension for racism allegation

The Brazilian and his Marseille counterpart, Alvaro Gonzalez, both faced unproven verdicts and will not be handed further punishment

8:36am on Thursday 1st October 2020
Paul Macdonald

Neymar, and his fellow antagonist Alvaro Gonzalez, have been cleared of using racing language and will not be suspended further following their altercation during the PSV v Marseille clash earlier this month.

In a tempestuous affair at the Parc des Princes, five players were sent off during a mass brawl between the sides, including Neymar, who punched Alvaro on the back of the head and claimed that he had been described as 'a monkey' by the defender during the contest.

There have been claims and counter-claims, with Neymar also accused of using offensive language to l'OM defender Hiroki Sakai.

French TV stations were regularly sharing video footage in an attempt to establish what was said, particularly in the wake of Angel Di Maria's four-game ban issued last week for spitting in the direction of Alvaro in the same contest.

But the LFP believe the evidence isn't substantial enough to proceed, saying in a statement: "After examining the file, hearing the players and the representatives of the clubs, the Commission notes that it does not have sufficient convincing evidence to allow it to establish the materiality of the facts of discriminatory remarks by the player Alvaro Gonzalez against Neymar during the meeting nor of Neymar against Alvaro Gonzalez.

"Consequently, the Commission decides that there is no reason for sanction."

The sanction will come as a surprise to many, given the nature of the incident and how the match was perceived around the world.

Nevertheless, Neymar and Alvaro, who may have been expecting lengthy bans, as free to compete without any further ruling.

Ligue 1 Table, Matches and Player Statistics

Latest news

Predicted XI

Aguero to start? How Barcelona could line up against Dynamo Kyiv

Sergio Aguero made his Barcelona debut off the bench against Valencia at the weekend, so is a first start expected in the Champions League?

  • 1 day
Predicted XI

Rashford to start? How Man Utd could line up against Atalanta

After a disappointing 4-2 defeat to Leicester, Manchester United need a reaction, and their clash with Atalanta is the perfect chance to put things right.

  • 1 day
Predicted XI

Mount and Silva to return? How Chelsea could line up against Malmo

Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea side host Malmo in their third group stage game of this season's Champions League. What will the starting XI look like?

  • 1 day
European Golden Shoe

European Golden Shoe 2021/22: Haaland & Lewandowski reach Benzema

Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski both surged up the standings in the race to score the most goals in Europe this season.

  • 1 day
Premier League

Premier League top scorers 2021/22: Salah and Vardy lead the way

The Liverpool forward is leading the race for Golden Boot glory on seven goals along with Leicester City star Jamie Vardy.

  • 1 day

La Liga Table: Real Sociedad end weekend on top as Barca win

Real Sociedad end the weekend on top of the table as Barcelona eased the pressure on coach Ronald Koeman by beating Valencia.

  • 1 day

Most read