Neymar: I Acted Like A Fool For Red Card

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Neymar has admitted he acted like a fool leading to the red card the PSG forward received in stoppage time in the Classique on Sunday.

Neymar has admitted he acted like a fool leading to the red card the PSG forward received in stoppage time in the Classique on Sunday.

PSG forward Neymar was one of the five stoppage time red cards in a frantic Ligue 1 encounter that saw PSG lose their second match running in the 2020-21 Ligue 1 season.

Neymar and Dimitri Payet were booked in the first half alongside three others after a bust-up but at the end, Marseille was ahead.

Dimitri Payet’s deep free kick made its way to Florian Thauvin, whose side-footed volley beat nearby Sergio Rico at the PSG goal.

Neymar, who missed a glorious opportunity in the match got his marching orders for striking Alvaro, whom he clearly accused of racism as he spoke to the fourth official when he left the field.

In a lengthy post on Instagram explaining his actions, Neymar wrote: “Yesterday I revolted. I was punished with red because I wanted to hit someone who offended me.

“I thought I could not leave without doing something because I realised that those in charge would not do anything, did not notice or ignored the fact.

“In our sport, aggressions, insults, swearing are part of the game, of the dispute. You can’t be affectionate, I understand this guy [Alvaro] partly, all is a part of the game. But racism and intolerance are unacceptable.

“I am black, son of black, grandson and great grandson of black also. I am proud and I do not see myself as different from anyone.

“Yesterday I wanted those in charge of the game (referees, assistants) to position themselves impartially and understand that there is no longer such a place for a prejudiced attitude.

“Reflecting and seeing all the manifestation that happened, I am saddened by the feeling of hatred that we can provoke when, in the heat of the moment, we snap.”

Neymar continued: “Should I have ignored it? I don’t know yet… Today, with a cool head, I say yes, but in due course, my companions and I asked the referees for help, and we were ignored. That’s the point!

“I accept my punishment because I should have followed the path of clean football. I hope, on the other hand, that the offender will also be punished.

“Racism exists. It exists. But we have to stop it. No more, enough!

“Yesterday I lost in the game and I lacked wisdom. Being in the centre of this situation or ignoring a racist act will not help, I know. But pacifying this “anti-racism” movement is our obligation so that the less privileged will naturally receive their defence.”

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