Neymar banned two matches; probe into racism claims opened

French football authorities have opened an investigation into Neymar‘s claims of racist abuse during a contentious loss to Marseille on Sunday and banned him two matches for fighting in that same game.

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The Paris Saint-Germain star was sent off after a fight broke out on the pitch at the conclusion of the match between the two sides and later tweeted claiming he was called a racial slur during the game by Marseille’s Alvaro Gonzalez.

The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) confirmed on Wednesday that it would investigate the Brazil forward’s claims against Gonzalez, while also summoning Angel Di Maria to answer allegations he spit on Gonzalez.

Of the punishments announced for the match-ending brawl, Neymar and PSG teammate Leandro Paredes were suspended two games and handed a suspended sentence of another match, while defender Layvin Kurzawa was handed a six-match ban for his role. For Marseille, Jordan Amavi was given a three-match and Dario Benedetto will be forced to sit out one match.

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