Neymar banned for two games as LFP take action for fiery Le Classique
Neymar Jr banned by LFP as the french authorities take action against players involved in fiery Le Classique.
Paris St-Germain forward Neymar has been banned for two games after being shown red card against Marseille – but French football authorities ensured that the racial abuse accusation from the player will be investigated.
The Brazil superstar was the last of five red cards in Sunday’s bad-tempered Le Classique after he hit Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez.
Neymar later accused his opponent of racism on social media and urged the authorities to use VAR to investigate.
Gonzalez has denied Neymar’s claim.
The other four players sent off have also received bans – with PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa suspended for six matches.
His team-mate Leandro Paredes has been banned for two games – while for Marseille, Jordan Amavi has received a three-match suspension and Dario Benedetto must sit out one game.
The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP), the governing body of professional French football, has confirmed it will investigate Neymar’s accusation.
PSG said they will “strongly support” their player, while Marseille released a statement saying: “Alvaro Gonzalez is not racist; he demonstrated it to us by his daily behaviour since joining the club, as his team-mates have already testified.”
Angel di Maria, Neymar’s PSG team-mate, will also be summoned to the LFP’s disciplinary commission meeting on 23 September following claims he spat at Marseille’s Gonzalez.
Neymar, Paredes, Kurzawa, Amavi and Benedetto, were dismissed after a brawl broke out in added time at the end the match at the Parc des Princes, which Marseille won 1-0.
The LFP will rule on Neymar’s teammates Di Maria and Alvaro next week, but in the meantime they have confirmed that two Marseille players and three PSG will receive similar punishments,
🔴 Breaking: LFP rules on PSG – Marseille sanctions following the fiery end to the Classique on Sunday.
– Jordan Amavi (Marseille) 3 matches
– Pipa Benedetto (Marseille) 1 match
– Neymar (PSG) – 2+1 match
– Paredes (PSG) 2+1 match
– Kurzawa (PSG) – 6 matches
— Mohammed Ali (@mohammedali_93) September 16, 2020