Marseille have defended Alvaro Gonzalez from accusations that he racially abused Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar and say the defender has acquired loss of life threats after his telephone quantity was leaked on-line.
Neymar claimed the centre-back made a racist remark because the Brazil worldwide left the sphere after being proven a purple card for his half within the mass brawl that noticed 4 extra gamers despatched off close to the top of Marseille’s 1-Zero win on Sunday.
Gonzalez took to Twitter to defend himself and deny the accusation, whereas PSG have given their backing to Neymar and referred to as for an investigation into the matter.
Marseille, in the meantime, are standing by their participant and declare he has been threatened within the wake of the match.
The assertion learn: “Olympique de Marseille is pleased with yesterday’s aggressive victory over Paris Saint-Germain. This victory, obtained in a good approach, was performed out on the pitch due to the dedication and dedication of our gamers, who had been in a position to apply a exact technique and gameplan.
“Alvaro Gonzalez will not be racist, as he has proven by means of his every day conduct since becoming a member of the membership, and as his team-mates have already confirmed. The membership stays on the disposal of the disciplinary committee to completely cooperate within the investigation of all of the occasions that occurred within the match, and the 24 hours which adopted.
“This controversy is severe and has already produced severe penalties. The membership condemns the dissemination of the personal phone numbers of Alvaro Gonzalez and his family members on Brazilian media and social networks in a single day, giving rise to fixed harassment — together with loss of life threats.
“Olympique de Marseille is the very image of anti-racism in French skilled sport, given its historical past and that of town of Marseille, whose range stands agency within the relentless wrestle in opposition to racism. Its gamers display this of their every day dedication on and off the sphere.”
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel and his Marseille counterpart Andres Villas-Boas each stated they didn’t hear any racial abuse. In the meantime, on Monday, Neymar shared an extended assertion on social media by which he admitted “acted like a idiot” however reasserted that Gonzalez did make a racist remark.