‘I acted like a fool’: Neymar regrets Marseille red card

first_imgNeymar said he “acted like a fool” following his red card against Marseille but called on football officials to do more to combat discrimination after accusing Spanish defender Alvaro Gonzalez of racism.The Brazil forward was one of five players sent off after a mass brawl at the end of PSG’s 1-0 loss in Ligue 1 on Sunday, and later claimed Gonzalez had called him a “monkey” in a series of furious tweets.PSG have stood by the world’s most expensive player, saying the club “strongly supports” him, but Neymar conceded he would accept his punishment which is expected to be revealed by the French league’s disciplinary commission on Wednesday. “Should I have ignored it? I don’t know yet… Today, with a cool head, I say yes, but in due course, my companions and I asked the referees for help and we were ignored. “I accept my punishment because I should have followed the path of clean football. I hope, on the other hand, that the offender will also be punished.”Racism exists. It exists, but we have to stop it. No more. Enough!””The guy was a fool. I also acted like a fool for letting me get involved in that,” he added.Marseille defend Gonzalez PSG have lost their opening two games of the season for the first time since 1984/85, and face another spell without Neymar whose first two seasons in France were marred by injuries.They host Metz on Metz on Wednesday in what was originally scheduled to be their Ligue 1 season opener.Meanwhile, Marseille issued a statement of their own defending Gonzalez. He denied racism and accused Neymar of being a bad loser.”Alvaro Gonzalez is not racist. He has shown us that by his daily behaviour since joining the club, as his team-mates have already testified,” the statement read.The league’s disciplinary commission, which will decide the punishments, could investigate Neymar’s accusations against Gonzalez, who Marseille claim was spat on by Angel Di Maria.Marseille pledged to “fully cooperate” with any investigation and said the club would remain at the disposal of the commission.Any racist behaviour carries a maximum suspension of 10 matches. Spitting directed at another player can lead to a ban of up to six matches.Kurzawa meanwhile could be suspended for up to seven matches for violent conduct after aiming a punch at opposition full-back Amavi.Topics : “Yesterday I revolted. I was punished with red because I wanted to hit someone who offended me,” Neymar said in a lengthy Instagram post Monday.”I thought I could not leave without doing something because I realised that those in charge would not do anything, did not notice or ignored the fact.”Marseille player Alvaro Gonzalez allegedly said to Neymar:‘Shut up Monkey’Neymar turns to officials:‘Racism no?’#Neymar #PSG #Marseille #Brawl #Racism #Ligue1 pic.twitter.com/euEHLkpXOp— Daoud Nawaz (@DaoudNawaz) September 13, 2020Neymar was dismissed for slapping Gonzalez on the back of the head, with team-mates Layvin Kurzawa and Leandro Paredes also sent off, as well as Marseille’s Dario Benedetto and Jordan Amavi.”In our sport, aggressions, insults, swearing are part of the game, of the dispute. You can’t be affectionate. I understand this guy partly, all is part of the game, but racism and intolerance are unacceptable,” Neymar continued.last_img read more

Aspire appoints new Head of Sports

first_img Related Articles In anticipation for the imminent launch of its new sports betting product, Aspire Global has announced the appointment of Morten Hauge as the company’s Head of Sports.The company revealed that it was seeking to recruit an experienced figure who had the knowledge and ability to leverage this new vertical and to drive growth across numerous key markets. Hauge has a 12-year history  in sports roles at some of the largest iGaming operators, including Unibet, Betfair and Betsson, where his role revolved around creating and implementing a data-driven sports life cycle strategy.With additional experience in Commercial Activities, CRM, Customer Journey, Trading, Risk Management and Product, Hauge brings an extensive skillset to the table at a critical juncture for ASG.Tsachi Maimon, CEO of Aspire Global said: “It is important for us not only to offer the leading sportsbook product, but also to have top-level talent with the experience necessary to monetise it most effectively. I’m certain that Morten will be a great addition to our team and will contribute greatly to our projected growth, both in terms of sports and overall.”The appointment follows on from Aspire entering into the Portuguese market, after reaching an agreement with one of the country’s largest media organisations, Cofina.Hauge commented: “I am genuinely honoured to join ASG, and am relishing the opportunity to begin work on creating one of the best sportsbook experiences in the industry, using my extensive experience and knowledge of both client demands and player behaviour.” Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submitlast_img read more