As Paris Saint-Germain fell 1-0 to Olympique de Marseille in the latest installment of Le Classique, last Sunday’s matchup will be known for two things. The physical confrontation between two clubs who don’t like each other, which in the end led five red cards with three going to the capital club.
However, the other incident is much severe than simple red cards, and it involves alleged racism. During the match, PSG’s Neymar Jr. made an allegation towards Marseille’s Álvaro González for a racist remark. The broadcast caught the Brazil international shouting “racismo no,” but comment that González allegedly made has yet to surface.
Nonetheless, other Brazilian footballers are supporting their countrymen. On Twitter, Olympique Lyonnais’ Marcelo sent a tweet in support of Neymar.
No Racism! It just keep repeating the same thing over and over again in sports! Enough is enough! @neymarjr we are with you!!
— Marcelo Guedes (@MarceloGuedes02) September 14, 2020
Then on Instagram, former PSG right-back Dani Alves decided to write a heartfelt message to his former teammate. Alves endured racism back in 2014 while playing for FC Barcelona when in a match against Villarreal CF, where a banana was thrown in Alves’ direction. With his experience dealing with racism, he decided to offer his advice.
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No esporte assim como na vida, estamos para inspirar pessoas, para transformar vidas e não há espaço para pessoas que proclamam ódio ou racismo. Que você não se deixe guiar pelo ódio meu irmão, que você seja a paz e a bondade que você carrega na sua alma. O amor é a única forma de combater o ódio, mesmo que que fira momentâneo nossa índole! Te Amoooooo ma little Bro #naoaoracismo🚫
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