Neymar regrets that he acted aggressively in the face of Alvaro Gonzalez’s alleged insults, but he retains his version of the facts.
The Brazilian star accused Gonzalez of racism in the final minutes of the Classic, where a total of five players were sent out to take part in a big fight late in the game.
Neymar took to Twitter after the match to say that his only regret was “not hitting that idiot in the face”, while Gonzalez responded by denying that he racially abused the Brazilian star. PSG have since supported Neymar and the latter released a lengthy statement on Monday night, adding that he now regrets seeing how he has aggravated the situation.
“Yesterday I was upset. I was punished with a red card for wanting to hit someone who insulted me. I thought I could not leave without doing something because I” realized that the judges would not do anything, that they did not notice or ignored the event. During the match, I wanted to answer as always and play football. Facts show that I did not succeed. “I rebelled … In our sport, assaults, insults, swearing are part of the game, of adversity. You can not be forgiven. I partly understand this guy, it’s part of the game “But racism and intolerance are unacceptable.”
“I’m black, son of black and grandson of black too. I’m proud and I do not see myself as different from anyone else, he continues. Yesterday I wanted those responsible for the match to position themselves impartially and understand that there is no more room for a prejudiced attitude. Show and see everything that has happened. I’m sorry for the feeling of hatred that can be provoked when you burst into the fire of fire action. Should I have ignored it? I do not know yet … Today, with a cool head, I say yes. But in time, my comrades and I asked for help from the judges and we were ignored. “
“We who are involved in entertainment must think about it. An action led to a reaction and it led to what happened. I accept my sanction because I should have walked the pure football field. On the other hand, I hope that the one who is insulted as well “will be punished. Racism exists, it exists, but we must stop this. No more. Enough! The guy was a fool and I also acted like an idiot in letting me get involved in it.”
“Yesterday I lost the game and lacked wisdom. Being at the center of such a situation or ignoring a racist act does not help. I know that, but pacifying this ‘anti-racist movement’ is our duty so that the less privileged can of course be defended. We will meet again and it will be my way of doing things, playing football. Stay in peace! Stay in peace! You know what you said … I know what I have done. More love in this world. “