LIGUE 1

Neymar and Álvaro escape sanctions for alleged racism

Paris Saint-Germain Neymar and Marseille defender Álvaro have both avoided punishment for alledged racist abuse during Le Classique.

Neymar and Alvaro avoid punishment for alleged racism

Neymar and Álvaro will not be punished for alleged racist comments made during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille.

No punishment for Neymar and Álvaro

The pair clashed during an ill-tempered Classique on 13 September, with Neymar ultimately seeing red late on, along with four other players, after an on-pitch fracas.

As he was storming off the pitch, Neymar, who had hit the Marseille centre-back on the head, appeared to suggest he had been racially abused by Álvaro.

Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas doubted the claims, though insisted there would be repercussions if any abuse had occurred.

Subsequently, it has also been reported – by Spanish outlet Cadena SER – that Neymar racially abused Hiroki Sakai.

However, after an investigation into the incident, the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has cleared both Neymar and Álvaro, due to insufficient evidence.

An LFP statement read: "After examining the case, hearing the players and representatives of the clubs, the commission notes that it does not have sufficient convincing evidence to allow it to establish the materiality of the facts of statements of a discriminatory nature by Álvaro against Neymar during the meeting, nor against Neymar towards Álvaro."

Neymar served a two-match suspension for his red card, while Angel Di Maria is currently serving a four-match ban for spitting at Álvaro.