Sunday’s Ligue 1 conflict between Paris Saint-Germain and sour rival Marseille ended with 5 gamers, together with Neymar, being despatched off after a mass brawl within the loss of life mins.
As he made his manner off the pitch, Neymar is assumed to have instructed the fourth reputable about an alleged incident of racist abuse and after the fit claimed he was once referred to as a “monkey son of a b*tch” through Marseille’s Álvaro González.
Gonzalez denies creating a commentary and the French League’s Disciplinary Committee is assembly on Wednesday to inspect the incident.
Neymar therefore issued a commentary thru social media regretting involvement in a brawl, however including that “racism exists” in soccer.
“The day before today I revolted,” Neymar says in his commentary. “I used to be punished with crimson as a result of I sought after to hit somebody who angry me.” Neymar went on to mention, “Racism exists. It exists, however we need to prevent it. Not more. Sufficient.”
In remarks to French TV channel BFM, Le Graet downplayed racism within the game.
“When a black man, forgive me, ratings a function, the entire stadium is status. So slightly frankly, the phenomenon of racism in game, and in soccer particularly, does no longer exist, or [it is] little.”
In reaction, the FFF says the “polemic” generated through Le Graet’s feedback is “no longer based.”
“Our president stated there is not any greater than 1% of racist incidents in newbie soccer,” it instructed CNN in a commentary. “It is a reality in keeping with the Observatory [CIES Football Observatory] of conduct in newbie soccer, in collaboration with French authority (ONDRP).
“The closing file revealed in 2019 finds there are 11,335 video games with violent or uncivil incidents out of 700,000 consistent with yr. And 76 video games handiest, despite the fact that it’s at all times an excessive amount of, have been for racism or different discrimination incidents. So not up to 1%.
“Our president does not forget about there are racism issues in soccer and he has fought in opposition to racism all his existence in soccer and politics … however no game like soccer works for variety and integration.
“And if there are some racism issues in soccer … there is not any greater than in society. Possibly much less, clearly much less as a result of soccer places other folks in combination. That is what he wish to imply.”
UEFA and FIFA weren’t right away to be had for remark.
It is not the primary time Le Graet has made debatable statements. Again in September 2019, he instructed radio station France Information that he was once “completely in opposition to” the interruption of soccer suits on account of homophobic chants and banners, regardless of regulations offered through the FFF closing season teaching referees to do just that.
“I’d no longer prevent the video games,” he stated. “I don’t need to be held hostage on homophobia. There are safety products and services to be sure that those banners disappear.”