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Marseille Boss Defends Alvaro Gonzalez After Neymar Labelled The Defender A Racist

Marseille head coach Andre Villas-Boas has defended the club’s player Alvaro Gonzalez after Neymar’s racism claim against the center-back.

PSG forward Neymar was the last of five red cards in Sunday’s bad-tempered Ligue 1 match, sent off for hitting Gonzalez.

The Brazilian striker was sent off alongside teammates Leandro Paredes and Layvin Kurzawa, plus Marseille pair Jordan Amavi and Dario Benedetto after trouble broke out in the final minutes of the game which saw PSG lose 0-1 to Marseille.

After his dismissal, Neymar informed the fourth official he had been subjected to racial abuse by Gonzalez and later wrote of the Spaniard: “Insulting and bringing racism into our lives no, I don’t agree. I don’t respect you, you have no character.”

Gonzalez denied the accusation and called Neymar a bad loser.

Neymar later took to twitter to accuse Gonzalez of racism and PSG released a statement emphasizing the club’s strong support for the forward.

“We are sure that Alvaro is not racist,” said Villas-Boas.

“Marseille and PSG are here to help find the truth about this controversy. I am behind my player.”

Marseille midfielder Valentin Rongier says Gonzalez has the support of all the clubs players.

“I didn’t hear anything,” he said.

“Obviously he (Gonzalez) is affected. It’s never easy. When he connected his phone on the way home, he saw that he received death threats from around the world on things that had not even been proven.

“It has affected his family too. People don’t realise this. He is living a complicated moment, we are in solidarity with him.”

The French Football League (LFP) disciplinary committee will meet on Wednesday to examine all five red cards and will use reports from officials and match pictures to decide whether further disciplinary action is taken.

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