‘You Are Not a Man To Assume Your Mistake’ – Neymar Addresses the Racial Confrontation With Marseille’s Álvaro González

The side story to Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-0 loss to Olympique de Marseille is the allegations of racism from Neymar Jr. towards Álvaro González. 

In a highly heated Le Classique, emotions were running high. However, according to the Brazil international, it reached the point in which racist words were said. Neymar accuses González of calling him a monkey when the Marseille defender insulted the 28-year-old by saying, “Son of a monkey p ***.”

The confrontation between both players didn’t stop on the pitch. After the match was over, Neymar went to Twitter to get a few things off his chest over the situation with González. However, the confrontation didn’t stop there. 

“The only regret I have is that I didn’t hit that a**hole in the face. It’s easy for the VAR to find my “aggression.” Now I want to see the images where this racist calls me “son of a monkey ***!” When I do a “sombrero,” I’m punished, when I hit, I’m kicked out, so what about them?”

González then went on his Twitter account, posted a picture with all the players of color, and commented on the matter. 

“There is no place for racism. Clean race and with many colleagues and friends on a daily basis. Sometimes you have to learn to lose and take it on the field. Incredible 3 points today. Allez l’OM. Thanks, family.”

Once again, the issue escalated. Neymar replied to the tweet sent out by the 30-year-old, telling him to own up to what he said on the pitch. 

“You are not a man to assume your mistake. Losing is part of the sport. Now insulting and bringing racism into our lives, no, I don’t agree. I don’t respect you! You have no character! Assume what you say, my brother. Be a man Rapá! Racist!”


The Ligue de Football Professionnel will likely investigate the matter and get to the bottom of what was said on the pitch between Neymar and González. 

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