Neymar Handed 3-Game Ban & Alvaro Gonzalez Under Investigation by LFP Following Racism Claims

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PSG and Marseille don’t like each other. At all. | Xavier Laine/Getty Images

Ligue 1 have announced the length of bans issued to Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille players after the two sides were involved in a heated row during their most recent meeting – one that ended with five red cards being brandished.

The two clubs are long-standing rivals in French football, despite their geographical differences, with a rivalry dating back to their first meeting in 1971.

Their most recent clash, however, ended in dreadful scenes as five players were given their marching orders after a fight in added time broke out, with Neymar accusing Marseille’s Alvaro Gonzalez of racially abusing him during the fracas.

The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) have since confirmed the length of bans issued to each of the players involved, including a three-game ban for the Brazilian. Neymar has shown a red card after the referee consulted his VAR monitor and noticed a slap, with the forward instructing the fourth official on his way down the tunnel that he had been racially abused.

Gonzalez, who has protested his innocence in the allegations, will be under review by the LFP in light of the claims made by the PSG man.

Losing 1-0 at the time, the mass brawl erupted following a strong tackle from Leandro Paredes, which sparked an all out royal rumble. Dario Benedetto, Jordan Amavi and Layvin Kurzawa joined Paredes in being sent off, although the length of the bans issued out had varied on the severity of their actions.

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Neymar accused Gonzalez of racial abuse | Xavier Laine/Getty Images

Kurzawa was deemed the most forceful and has been banned for six matches, with Marseille’s Amavi handed a three-match suspension. Paredes, too, has been given a three-game ban but his, just as with Neymar, includes another one-game suspension. Benedetto is the most fortunate of the quintet, and will be out of action for just one match.

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