If he reiterated his accusations of racism against Alvaro Gonzalez the day after the defeat conceded by PSG, Neymar regretted his reaction. While pointing the finger at the passivity of the referees.
“Yesterday, I was outraged. I was sanctioned with a red card because I wanted to hit someone who offended me. I thought I couldn’t do nothing because I realized that the refs wouldn’t do anything, that they didn’t notice or ignore the incident, he wrote. During the meeting, I wanted to respond as always, by playing football. The facts show that I did not succeed. I rebelled… In our sport, aggressions, insults, swearing are part of the game, of adversity. You cannot be affectionate. I partly understand this guy, it’s all part of the game. But racism and intolerance are unacceptable. “
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“I am black, son of black and grandson of black. I’m proud and I don’t see myself as different from anyone else, he continued. Yesterday, I wanted those in charge of the match (referees, assistants) to take an impartial position and understand that there is no longer room for a prejudicial attitude. Show and see everything that happened. I am saddened by the feeling of hatred that can be aroused when one breaks down in the heat of the moment. Should I have ignored it? I don’t know yet … Today, with a cool head, I answer yes. But in due course, me and my teammates asked the refs for help and we were ignored. “
And Neymar to continue by admitting his fault but hoping that the first offender will also be punished. “I accept my sanction because I should not have reacted like this. I hope, on the other hand, that he who has offended will also be punished. Racism exists, it exists, but we have to stop it. No more. Enough ! The guy was a fool and I acted like a fool too, he explained. Yesterday I lost the game and lacked wisdom. Being at the center of such a situation or ignoring a racist act will not help. I know it, but pacifying this ‘anti-racist movement’ is our obligation so that the less privileged can naturally be defended. “
The last words are for Alvaro Gonzalez, to whom he is already meeting. “We will meet again and it will be with my way of doing things, playing football. Rest in peace ! Rest in peace ! You know what you said… I know what I did. No more love in this world. “
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