Valery HACHE / AFP
Parisian striker Angel Di Maria, accused of spitting in the direction of Marseillais Alvaro Gonzalez, passes Wednesday before the disciplinary committee of the League (LFP), a new extension of the stormy PSG-OM polluted by five exclusions as well as accusations of racism.
The Argentinian, who was not sanctioned during the Ligue 1 match won by OM (1-0) on September 13, was caught by television images which convinced the body to summon him .
The Telefoot broadcaster captured the moment when the player spat at the Spanish defender, but did not reach him, as well as the latter's strong reaction.
Alvaro Gonzalez would have called Neymar a "shit monkey" https://t.co/7gbUwirfYq
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The disciplinary regulations of the Federation (FFF), which serves as a reference for the LFP, provide for up to six games of suspension for "voluntary sputum likely to reach a person or towards it".
“Hitting” the targeted person, and “more when the sputum hits them in the face”, can make the punishment worse - two situations that do not seem to apply for Di Maria.
But the texts did not anticipate the health situation linked to the new coronavirus, which can be transmitted by postilions.
“In a period of Covid-19, spitting is very serious,” responded Marseille midfielder Valentin Rongier after the meeting.
To see if the LFP will take the context into account when rendering its judgment.
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