Neymar has released a statement following the forward’s claim he was racially abused by Marseille’s Alvaro Gonzalez in Sunday night’s Ligue 1 game.
The Brazilian was shown a red card along with four other players during a huge stoppage-time brawl in PSG’s 1-0 defeat.
In the wake of the brawl, the 28-year-old was seen speaking furiously to the fourth official – and later to TV cameras – as he accused the defender of a racist slur.
And the forward has now responded with a strong statement on his social media channels.
Writing on Instagram, Neymar said: “[sic] Yesterday I revolted. I was punished with red because I wanted to hit someone who offended me.
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“I thought I could not leave without doing something because I realised that those in charged would not do anything, did not notice or ignored the fact. During the game I wanted to answer as always. Playing football. The facts show 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 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.
“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!
“We who are involved in entertainment need to reflect. An action led to a reaction and got to where it did. I accept my punishment because I should have followed the party 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!
“The guy was a good, I also acted like a fool for letting me get involved in that… I still have the privilege of keeping my head up today, but we all need to reflect that not all black and white are in the same condition.
“The damage from the confrontation can be disastrous to both sides. Whether you are black or white, I don’t want to and we shouldn’t mix subjects, skin colour we didn’t choose. Before God we are all equal.
“Now… 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 out obligation so that the less privileged will naturally receive their defence.
“We will meet again and it will be my way. Playing football… Stay in peace! Stay in peace! You know what you said… you know what I did. More love to the world…”
It comes after PSG released a strongly-worded statement in support of their £200m man.
"Paris Saint-Germain strongly supports Neymar Jr. who reported being subjected to racist abuse by an opposing player," said the club.
"The club restates that there is no place for racism in society, in football or in our lives and calls on everyone to speak out against all forms of racism throughout the world.
"For more than 15 years the club has been strongly committed to the fight against all forms of discrimination alongside its partners SOS Racisme, Licra and Sportitude.
"Paris Saint-Germain looks forward to the LFP's Disciplinary Commission to investigate and ascertain the facts, and the club remains at the LFP's disposal for any assistance required."
Gonzalez has also responded to Neymar’s allegations.
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