Neymar case: open investigation, SOS Racism scandalized by the sentence of Noël Le Graët

The Professional Football League (LFP) has opened an investigation into racist remarks allegedly made by Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez towards Paris star striker SG Neymar. The Brazilian accused the Spaniard of calling him “Monkey” during the match won by OM (1-0).

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Asked whether this investigation would also concern homophobic remarks likely to have been made by Neymar, the chairman of the commission, Sébastien Deneux, replied: “Tonight, we were seized with possible racist remarks from Alvaro. The investigation will reveal whether there are other facts that could lead to disciplinary consequences. “

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After a match that ended Sunday night in a general fight, Neymar received a suspension of two firm games, plus a suspended sentence. In addition, the Parisian Angel Di Maria was summoned for the next meeting of the disciplinary committee, on September 23, for the spitting he would have sent in the direction of Alvaro Gonzalez during this match.

Five red cards had been sent by the referee for the start of a fight at the end of the match, including one for Neymar.

SOS Scandalized Racism

The president of SOS Racisme, Dominique Sopo, also denounced the comments on Wednesday. “Scandalous” the president of the French Football Federation (FFF) Noël Le Graët, who believed that racism in football “Does not exist or hardly exists”.

“In a match, there may be gaps, but overall, we have less than 1% of difficulties. There have been but you know, when a Black scores a goal, the whole stadium is on its feet. The racist phenomenon in sport and in football in particular does not exist, or hardly exists ”, said Noël Le Graët on BFM Business on Tuesday.

The figure mentioned by the leader refers to that of the report of the National Observatory of Crime and Criminal Responses, made public in May 2019, which says that “Less than 1%” of the incidents recorded in amateur football were “Of a racist or discriminatory nature”, during the 2017-18 season.

“To solve a problem, you have to admit that it exists. There, we are dealing with a leader who shows willful blindness, who explains that there is nothing, and that’s what he did last year about the homophobia “, reacted to AFP Dominique Sopo.

“When it comes to this kind of reflection on the part of a leader of the FFF, we have something to be particularly shocked. Yes, there is racism circulating in football, on the pitch but also in its governing bodies. Perhaps it is time to hand it over. “

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