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Neymar makes racism allegation as game ends with five red cards

September 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has said he was the target of a racist slur by an Olympique Marseille player during the French champions' 1-0 defeat in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

(CNN)Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has said he was the target of a racist slur by an Olympique Marseille player during the French champions' 1-0 defeat in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

The 28-year-old was one of five players sent off during the match at PSG's home stadium, Parc des Princes, after a full-scale brawl broke out on the pitch in injury time.

The forward struck Marseille's Spanish defender Álvaro González on the back of the head and was shown a straight red card by the referee.

As he left the pitch, the forward is believed to be telling the fourth official about an alleged incident of racist abuse -- though later he did not directly name the alleged Marseille player involved.

In post-match press conferences, both PSG manager Thomas Tuchel and Marseille manager André Villas-Boas stressed there was no place for racism in the game.

CNN did not immediately hear back from PSG, Marseille and Ligue 1 when contacted for comment.

Florian Thauvin scored the game's only goal when he converted Dimitri Payet's long free kick into the PSG box in the first half.

The heated affair ended with 14 cards being shown -- five of which were red -- as Marseille won at the Parc des Princes for the first time since February 2010.

As well as Neymar, PSG's Layvin Kurzawa and Leandro Paredes and Marseille's Jordan Amavi and Darío Benedetto were all dismissed as a result of the brawl in the game's closing stages.

The result means PSG, which was beaten by Bayern Munich in last month's Champions League final, is now 18th in Ligue 1, albeit after just two games, having lost to Lens in its season opener.

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