Following alleged incident of abuse, French Football president claims racism in football 'does not exist'

Sunday’s Ligue 1 conflict between Paris Saint-Germain and sour rival Marseille ended with 5 gamers, together with Neymar, being despatched off after a mass brawl within the death mins.

As he made his means off the pitch, Neymar is assumed to have instructed the fourth authentic about an alleged incident of racist abuse and after the fit claimed he was once referred to as a “monkey son of a b*tch” by way of Marseille’s Álvaro González.

Gonzalez denies creating a observation and the French League’s Disciplinary Committee is assembly on Wednesday to inspect the incident.

Neymar therefore issued a commentary thru social media regretting involvement in a brawl, however including that “racism exists” in soccer.

“The day before today I revolted,” Neymar says in his commentary. “I used to be punished with crimson as a result of I sought after to hit somebody who angry me.” Neymar went on to mention, “Racism exists. It exists, however we need to prevent it. Not more. Sufficient.”

In remarks to French TV channel BFM, Le Graet downplayed racism within the game.

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French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet says racism in football "does not exist."French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet says racism in football "does not exist."
“Racism in France … in an entire fit there is also some discrepancies, however we’ve lower than one % of difficulties nowadays,” Le Graet instructed French TV channel BFM.

“When a black man, forgive me, ratings a purpose, the entire stadium is status. So slightly frankly, the phenomenon of racism in game, and in soccer particularly, does now not exist, or [it is] little.”

In reaction, the FFF says the “polemic” generated by way of Le Graet’s feedback is “now not based.”

“Our president mentioned there is not any greater than 1% of racist incidents in novice soccer,” it instructed CNN in a commentary. “This can be a truth in line with the Observatory [CIES Football Observatory] of conduct in novice soccer, in collaboration with French authority (ONDRP).

“The ultimate record printed in 2019 unearths there are 11,335 video games with violent or uncivil incidents out of 700,000 consistent with 12 months. And 76 video games simplest, although it’s at all times an excessive amount of, had been for racism or different discrimination incidents. So lower than 1%.

“Our president does not forget about there are racism issues in soccer and he has fought in opposition to racism all his lifestyles in soccer and politics … however no game like soccer works for variety and integration.

“And if there are some racism issues in soccer … there is not any greater than in society. Possibly much less, clearly much less as a result of soccer places other people in combination. That is what he wish to imply.”

UEFA and FIFA weren’t in an instant to be had for remark.

There were quite a few racist incidents in Ecu soccer in contemporary months, together with in Italy’s Serie A, Ukraine, the English Premier League and throughout global fixtures.

It is not the primary time Le Graet has made debatable statements. Again in September 2019, he instructed radio station France Information that he was once “utterly in opposition to” the interruption of soccer suits because of homophobic chants and banners, in spite of laws presented by way of the FFF ultimate season teaching referees to just do that.

“I’d now not prevent the video games,” he mentioned. “I don’t need to be held hostage on homophobia. There are safety services and products to be sure that those banners disappear.”

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