He claims to be a victim of racist insults but risks paying dearly for his bloody blow at the end of PSG-OM: the League's disciplinary committee (LFP) could impose several suspension matches on the star striker Neymar on Wednesday evening .
His case will be examined from 6 p.m., at the same time as that of the four other excluded for their participation at the start of the fight, two other Parisians (Layvin Kurzawa and Leandro Paredes) and two Marseillais (Jordan Amavi and Dario Benedetto).
They all risk several matches of suspension, up to seven in the event of a proven act of brutality, for the price of these incidents which had eclipsed Marseille's first victory in nine years over its historic rival.
"We are very worried about this decision, it is clear", admitted Tuesday the coach of PSG Thomas Tuchel, whose team, very diminished, faces Metz (9:00 p.m.) while the sanctions will be announced.
Scuffles erupted in added time for PSG-OM after Paredes pushed Benedetto behind the back in reaction to the Marseille striker's fault a few seconds earlier.
There followed exchanges of blows and insults between Parisians and Marseillais, which the referee Jérôme Brisard sanctioned with five expulsions (three direct red cards, and two second yellow).
Neymar was sent straight to the locker room for a blow to the back of the head of defender Alvaro Gonzalez.
After these incidents, the "Clasico" continued around the controversy launched by Neymar, who accused the Spaniard of having called him a "monkey".
It swelled to Brazil where the government has expressed solidarity with the Parisian striker.
- Accusations of homophobia -
If the television images make it possible to hear the Brazilian say "racism, no" to the referees, no other came to show that these racist remarks had indeed been made, according to the broadcaster Téléfoot.
The committee may decide to launch an investigation, which would take several weeks, while PSG assured Tuesday "view other images" that could help his player, whom he publicly supported on Monday.
On the Marseille side, OM defended their Spanish defender who "is not racist", coach André Villas-Boas hammering on Tuesday that he "will be behind his player" and that he "has no doubt" about him.
Another point of tension, the alleged spitting of Angel Di Maria to Alvaro Gonzalez, who was not sanctioned during the meeting.
This action "was the subject of a search by video assistance at that time, and it did not find any images that supported this fact," Pascal Garibian told AFP on Monday. , Technical Director of Arbitration (DTA).
But new images from Téléfoot seem to show that the Argentine has spat in the direction of the Spaniard.
"In the period of Covid-19, spitting is very serious," said Marseille midfielder Valentin Rongier.
On Wednesday morning, new accusations targeted Neymar, who allegedly launched a homophobic insult against Alvaro Gonzalez according to images analyzed by Spanish media.
- Neymar and Kurzawa apologize -
"New racist and homophobic remarks in the world of football. The frequency of these hateful behaviors on the part of high-level sportsmen is unacceptable", reacted the association SOS Homophobie in the afternoon.
In March 2018, the start of a fight between Marseillais and Lyonnais, this time after OL's victory at the Vélodrome (3-2), ended with three suspension matches for its protagonists Adil Rami and Anthony Lopes (whose sanction was been increased to five games on appeal).
Neymar tried to calm things down on social networks, by starting his mea culpa, while still being the target of racist insults.
“I got lost in the game and lacked wisdom,” he wrote on Instagram.
Kurzawa, who punched Amavi, followed suit: "Sometimes the thirst to defend our teammates makes us slip, the most important is to be aware of it, to apologize," he said. .
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