PSG release statement of support to Neymar
The Brazilian in his open letter says 'racism and intolerance are unacceptable' in football.
Paris Saint Germain have officially confirmed that they are backing Neymar following his statement of suffering racial abuse on the field of play during his side’s 1-0 defeat to Marseille on Sunday night.
Although Alvaro Gonzalez has denied any form of discrimination as Neymar claims yet the Ligue 1 champions have released a statement of support towards the Brazilian.
“Paris Saint-Germain strongly supports Neymar Jr. who reported being subjected to racist abuse by an opposing player,” the club revealed.
“The Club restates that there is no place for racism in society, in football or in our lives and calls on everyone to speak out against all forms of racism throughout the world.
“For more than 15 years the Club has been strongly committed to the fight against all forms of discrimination alongside its partners SOS Racisme, Licra and Sportitude.
“Paris Saint-Germain looks forward to the LFP's Disciplinary Commission to investigate and ascertain the facts, and the Club remains at the LFP's disposal for any assistance required.”
The World’s expensive player following a fierce confrontation with the Marseille defender ended up hitting him at the back of the head which led to a fight.
Neymar was sent off with a Red card and on Monday, September 15, 2020, the Brazilian took to social media to publish his side of the story.
"Yesterday, I revolted," Neymar's statement began.
"I was punished with a red card because I wanted to hit someone who offended me.
"I thought I couldn't leave [the pitch] without doing something because I realized those in charge would not do anything, did not notice or ignored the fact.
"During the game, I wanted to answer as always: playing football.
"The facts show that I did not succeed. I revolted.
"In our sport, aggression, insults, swearing are part of the game. You can't be affectionate.
"I understand this guy partly; it's all part of the game.
"But racism and intolerance are unacceptable."
"I am black, son of black [parents], grandson and great-grandson of black [people] too.
"I am proud, and I do not see myself as different from anyone.
"Yesterday I wanted those in charge of the game [referees and 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 we can provoke when in the heat of the moment we snap.
"Should I have ignored it? I don't know yet. Today, with a cool head, I say yes.
"But in due course, my team-mates and I asked the referees for help and we were ignored. That's the point!
"We who are involved in entertainment need to reflect.
"An action led to a reaction and got to where it did. 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!
"The guy was a fool. I also acted like a fool. For letting me get involved in that...
"I still have the privilege of keeping my head up today.
"But we all need to reflect that not all black and white people are in the same condition.
"The damage from the confrontation can be disastrous to both sides.
"Whether you are black or white, I don't want to [get involved in confrontation] and we shouldn't mix subjects.
"We don't choose our skin color.
"Before God, we are all equal.
"Now... Yesterday I lost in the game and I lacked wisdom.
"Being in the center 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 defense.
"We will meet again and it will be my way: playing football.
"Stay in peace! Stay in peace!
"You know what you said. I know what I did. More love to the world."