Paris Saint-German superstar Neymar Jr. has accused a Marseille defender of hurling racist remarks his way during Sunday's game in Paris. Now insulting and bringing racism into our lives no, I don't agree.
"My only regret is not hitting that (expletive) in the face", proffered Neymar on social media.
Florian Thauvin's close-range volley on 31 minutes earned Marseille a first victory over their bitter rivals since November 2011 but the ugly scenes overshadowed the game at Parc des Princes.
Pitchside microphones caught Neymar making the accusation to the fourth official, and the PSG forward then repeated his assertion to a nearby camera after VAR confirmed his red card.
Neymar punched Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez in the back of the head, and as he left the pitch he appeared to tell the assistant referee that something racist had been said.
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A full-scale brawl broke out on the pitch in the last minute of stoppage time, forcing referee Jerome Brisard to send off Neymar in addition to PSG teammates Laywin Kurzawa and Leandro Paredes as well as Marseille's duo of Benedetto and Jordan Amavi.
Before Marseille boarded the plane home Alvaro insisted there was "no place for racism", suggesting PSG were merely sore losers. I don't respect you! "We will have to look at everything to take a coherent stance but the situation is serious".
"A total of 14 cards were brandished and five of them were red, which means the match got out of control".
"The fight is very serious, we will manage internally, we will talk to our players", Leonardo said to Telefoot post-match. PSG lost their opening two league games for the first time since the 1984/85 season and Tuchel may find himself under early pressure.
Asked about the possibility of welcoming back those players against Marseille, Tuchel said: "If possible, a few players could play".