Remember when Neymar Jr. hit an abusive fan last season after the Coupe de France final where Paris Saint-Germain lost on penalty kicks to Stade Rennais? Well, there’s been an update.
Neymar punching a fan after their loss to Stade Rennais 😳 pic.twitter.com/SgOXUHDuf4
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 28, 2019
Footage surfaces of Neymar appearing to hit a fan following PSG’s cup final defeat.
— theScore (@theScore) April 28, 2019
According to a report from L’Equipe, the case brought by the Rennes fan who was hit in the face by Neymar has been dismissed in court. PSG’s number 10 was suspended three games for his role in the altercation. The fan, who called Gianluigi a “dirty idiot,” Marco Verratti a “racist,” and told Layvin Kurzawa “don’t shake my hand,” also told Neymar to “go learn how to play football” according to L’Equipe. That’s when things got physical.
The victim, referred to as Nelson, had also changed his story about the exchanges he had with the players per L’Equipe.
The lawyer for Nelson, Philippe Ohayon, commented on the decision that went against him and his client.
“Prosecutors are constantly trying to sue people for example. Well, in this case, we decided not to prosecute,” Ohayon said. “Imagine if my client had hit this player. He would be banned from the stadium and sentenced to prison with or without a stay by a court.”
Ohayon isn’t wrong there. If the fan hit Neymar there would have been a stiff penalty. However, that’s not what happened. His client was abusive to several Paris Saint-Germain players and Neymar was punished for reacting to that abuse by serving a three-game suspension. Any further punishment on Neymar’s part would have been unfair.
It’s important for fans to remember that just because you purchase a ticket to a match that doesn’t give you the right to threaten players and verbally abuse them. French football may want to look into the zero-tolerance policy the National Basketball Association recently enacted as a way to deal with situations like this in the future.
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