Football Ligue 1 to launch investigation into Neymar racist abuse allegation – sources – ESPN

Ligue 1 to launch investigation into Neymar racist abuse allegation – sources – ESPN



A Ligue 1 discipline committee will look into allegations that Paris Saint-Germain‘s Neymar was subjected to racist abuse during their 1-0 loss against Marseille on Sunday with the league likely to launch a full investigation, sources have told ESPN.

The committee is also examining the possibility of launching an investigation into allegations that PSG’s Angel Di Maria spat on Marseille player Alvaro Gonzalez.

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The league’s discipline committee will meet on Wednesday to assess the sending off and the report of referee Jerome Brisard.

According to the French Federation’s rules, “an act of brutality or a kick” could be punished by a seven-game ban. Racist behaviour could be a maximum of 10 matches while being found guilty of spitting could earn a player a six-game ban.

PSG issued a statement on Wednesday supporting Neymar that said: “The club underline that there is no place for racism in society, football and our lives and asks everyone to speak out against all types of racism.”

The club also said they have “faith in the LFP’s disciplinary commission to investigate and clarify what happened. The club are willing to collaborate in any way needed to advance the investigations.”

Neymar himself made a statement via Instagram on Wednesday, saying “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
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