Paris St Germain's Neymar clashes with Olympique de Marseille's Alvaro Gonzalez.(REUTERS)
Paris St Germain's Neymar clashes with Olympique de Marseille's Alvaro Gonzalez.(REUTERS)

Neymar says he was racially abused by Marseille player

PSG star Neymar got a straight red in Marseille’s 1-0 win following an altercation with center half Alvaro Gonzalez on Sunday. Neymar was sent off following a video replay showing he aimed a jab to the back of Gonzalez’s head. As he went off, Neymar told officials that he had been racially abused.
By Press Trust of India | Paris
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 11:30 AM IST

Neymar was among five players sent off in stoppage time as Marseille beat bitter rival Paris Saint-Germain for the first time in nine years.

PSG star Neymar got a straight red in Marseille’s 1-0 win following an altercation with center half Alvaro Gonzalez on Sunday. Neymar was sent off following a video replay showing he aimed a jab to the back of Gonzalez’s head.

As he went off, Neymar told officials that he had been racially abused.

“It’s a serious wrongdoing if that’s the case but I don’t think so,” Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas said.”What we saw, what was visible, is that (Angel) Di Maria spat (on Gonzalez).”With apparent reference to Gonzalez, Neymar later tweeted “The only regret I have is not hitting the face of this idiot.”In a later tweet, Neymar said “It is easy for the VAR (video review) to see my ‘aggression’” and added he was subjected to offensive insults of a racist nature.

“Neymar told me that it was a racist insult. I didn’t hear anything on the field,” PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said.”Racism in life, in all domains, in sport, should not exist.”

Winger Florian Thauvin scored in the 31st minute of a tense game featuring more than a dozen yellow cards and which descended into chaos deep into stoppage time as punches and kicks were exchanged.

It was Marseille’s first victory over PSG since a 3-0 home win in November 2011.

PSG has now lost three straight games 1-0, including the Champions League final against Bayern Munich on Aug. 23 and away to promoted Lens last Thursday.

PSG lost its opening two league games for the first time since the 1984-85 season and Tuchel may find himself under early pressure.

The game ended with PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa and Marseille counterpart Jordan Amavi sent off for fighting in the seventh minute of injury time at Parc des Princes.

PSG’s Leandro Paredes and Marseille’s Dario Benedetto soon followed before Neymar’s expulsion.

“The fight is something very serious. We will deal with that internally with our players,” PSG sporting director Leonardo said.”We will have to look at everything to take a coherent stance but the situation is serious.” Neymar had returned to the side along with winger Di Maria after both were among a total of seven PSG players who had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Right back Alessandro Florenzi made his PSG debut after signing on a season’s loan from Roma this week and almost set up a goal after two minutes, only for goalkeeper Steve Mandanda to palm away midfielder Marco Verratti’s shot.

Thauvin spent most of last season sidelined with a problematic ankle injury, but made it two goals in two games this campaign following a smart run to the back post to turn in playmaker Dimitri Payet’s free kick.

Mandanda denied Neymar on the hour mark and two minutes later Di Maria had a goal ruled out for offside.

Benedetto’s effort was also ruled offside one minute later, with Thauvin this time ruled offside in the buildup following a video replay even though he appeared to be level with a defender. Neymar then went close again moments after.

Neymar and Di Maria were among six players who tested positive for COVID-19 following a club-approved trip to Ibiza soon after losing the Champions League final.

Captain Marquinhos and striker Mauro Icardi also tested positive following that trip to Spain and were not in the squad. Neither was star striker Kylian Mbappé, whose positive virus test happened on international duty with France last week.

PSG was missing all seven when it lost at Lens.

UNBEATEN RENNES

Forward Serhou Guirassy scored twice as Rennes kept its unbeaten start to the French league season with a convincing 4-2 win at Nimes.

Guirassy netted twice in the first half while defender Nayef Aguerd and midfielder Benjamin Bourigeaud added goals after the break for Rennes, which has qualified for this season’s Champions League and has seven points from three games so far.

Monaco also has seven points after beating Nantes 2-1 at home thanks to goals from midfielder Sofiane Diop and forward Willem Geubbels, either side of an equalizer from Ludovic Blas.

Promoted Lens followed up its 1-0 win against PSG with a 3-2 win at Lorient. Ignatius Ganago, who netted the winner against PSG, was among the Lens scorers.

Elsewhere, it was: Lille 1, Metz 0; Angers 1, Reims 0; and Dijon 0, Brest 2.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino reacts after missing a scoring chance during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield stadium in Liverpool.(AP)
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino reacts after missing a scoring chance during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield stadium in Liverpool.(AP)

Champions Liverpool keep sinking after fifth Anfield defeat in a row

By Bhargab Sarmah, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 08:01 AM IST
  • Chelsea dominated Thursday’s game and could have had more goals to add to Mason Mount’s exquisite first-half strike that turned out to be the match-winner.
Close
FC Goa vs Mumbai City FC
FC Goa vs Mumbai City FC

ISL semi-final: FC Goa draw with Mumbai City in the first leg

PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 12:01 AM IST
  • FC Goa attacked Dessai through Saviour Gama before twinkle-toed Jorge Ortiz tested him. By the 17th minute, Dessai had been caught out thrice; the last time because of a poor pass which Alexander Jesuraj intercepted needing a tackle from Vignesh Dakshinamurthy that could have been a penalty.
Close
The 52-year-old Juergen Klinsmann(REUTERS)
The 52-year-old Juergen Klinsmann(REUTERS)

Thomas Muller role model for Bayern Munich: Klinsmann

By Bhargab Sarmah
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 09:57 PM IST
  • Muller wouldn’t feature regularly that season but he went on to score in the Champions League knockout stages coming on as a substitute against Sporting Lisbon.
Close
Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Chelsea - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - March 4, 2021 Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel reacts Pool via REUTERS/Laurence Griffiths(Pool via REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Premier League - Liverpool v Chelsea - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - March 4, 2021 Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel reacts Pool via REUTERS/Laurence Griffiths(Pool via REUTERS)

Tuchel says Chelsea players deserve praise for resurgence

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 08:36 PM IST
"I'm flattered but I'll just give the flowers to the players and to the club," Tuchel, whose side are unbeaten in his 10 games in charge in all competitions, told reporters ahead of Monday's league clash against Everton.
Close
Bayern Munich's Jamal Musiala(REUTERS)
Bayern Munich's Jamal Musiala(REUTERS)

Midfielder Jamal Musiala signs with Bayern Munich to 2026

AP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 07:54 PM IST
  • Musiala has been making steady progress since he joined Bayern’s under-17 team from Chelsea in 2019. He has made 27 appearances for the first team, scoring four goals.
Close
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah walks past manager Juergen Klopp after being substituted off.(Pool via REUTERS)
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah walks past manager Juergen Klopp after being substituted off.(Pool via REUTERS)

Salah was feeling the intensity, Klopp says after Chelsea defeat

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 01:28 PM IST
Klopp took off Salah, the league's leading scorer with 17 goals, for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 62nd minute when Liverpool were hunting an equaliser after Mason Mount had given Chelsea the lead in the first half.
Close
Barcelona's Gerard Pique.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Gerard Pique.(REUTERS)

Barcelona defender Piqué out with right knee injury

AP, Barcelona
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 10:27 AM IST
The defender scored four minutes into second-half stoppage time to force extra time and help the team advance to the final.
Close
Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min celebrates with Hugo Lloris after the match.(Pool via REUTERS)
Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min celebrates with Hugo Lloris after the match.(Pool via REUTERS)

Tottenham edge past Fulham thanks to Adarabioyo own goal

Reuters, London
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 07:53 AM IST
Victory dragged Tottenham back into the race for a Champions League spot with Jose Mourinho's eighth-placed side on 42 points from 26 matches, four points behind Everton in fourth, ahead of Sunday's clash with Crystal Palace.
Close
Chelsea's Mason Mount celebrates scoring their first goal with Reece James.(Pool via REUTERS)
Chelsea's Mason Mount celebrates scoring their first goal with Reece James.(Pool via REUTERS)

Mount goal earns Chelsea victory at toothless Liverpool

Reuters, Liverpool, England
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 07:50 AM IST
Mount cut in to curl a low shot past Liverpool keeper Alisson in the 42nd minute, after Timo Werner had earlier had a goal disallowed, to give Chelsea a deserved halftime lead.
Close
Barcelona's Gerard Pique holds his knee after getting injured during the the Copa del Rey semifinal, second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday March 3, 2021. (AP)
Barcelona's Gerard Pique holds his knee after getting injured during the the Copa del Rey semifinal, second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday March 3, 2021. (AP)

Barcelona confirm Pique knee injury

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 09:26 PM IST
Injuries have restricted the 34-year-old to just 15 appearances this season and local media have reported that Pique faces a further three weeks on the sidelines.
Close
Barcelona's head coach Ronald Koeman (AP)
Barcelona's head coach Ronald Koeman (AP)

Koeman transforms Barcelona amid club chaos, elections

AP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 06:51 PM IST
  • Barcelona faces an even bigger hurdle next week when it visits Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League trailing 4-1 from the first leg. But the team can aspire to keep up its positive momentum in the Spanish league.
Close
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League - Round of 16 First Leg - RB Leipzig v Liverpool - Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary - February 16, 2021 General view inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League - Round of 16 First Leg - RB Leipzig v Liverpool - Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary - February 16, 2021 General view inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo/File Photo(REUTERS)

Liverpool vs Leipzig Champions League game moved to Budapest again

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 04:18 PM IST
  • The first leg, originally scheduled to be held at the Red Bull Arena in Germany, was shifted to Budapest after German authorities denied Liverpool entry into the country due to Covid-19 protocols.
Close
Manchester United's Luke Shaw, left, and Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend challenge. (AP)
Manchester United's Luke Shaw, left, and Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend challenge. (AP)

Toothless Man United held to goalless draw at Palace

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 01:28 PM IST
It was a third successive 0-0 draw for United after a stalemate at Chelsea on Sunday and against Real Sociedad last Thursday which completed a 4-0 aggregate win over the Spanish side in the Europa League.
Close
Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes.(AP)
Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes.(AP)

United may not release Fernandes for Portugal duty: Solskjaer

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 01:25 PM IST
Fernandes could face 10 days in isolation on his return from international duty because Portugal falls under the United Kingdom's COVID-19 travel 'red list'.
Close
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta Pool via REUTERS/John Walton(Pool via REUTERS)
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta Pool via REUTERS/John Walton(Pool via REUTERS)

Spurs handed advantage ahead of north London derby, says Arsenal boss Arteta

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2021 01:21 PM IST
Spurs will now host Zagreb in London, while Arsenal will travel to face Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus three days before their derby.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP