FIVE players sent off in Paris Saint-Germain's defeat to Marseille

Neymar among FIVE players sent off in just 180 seconds in PSG’s derby defeat by Marseille – as superstar makes racism claim against Alvaro Gonzalez after PUNCHING defender in mass brawl

  • Five players were sent off after a heated fracas broke out during Le Classique 
  • Neymar was among those shown a red card after hitting out at Alvaro Gonzalez
  • The PSG superstar then told the fourth official about an alleged racial incident 
  • Marseille held on to clinch the unsavoury derby win after tensions died down

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar was one of five players sent off following a fracas during fierce rivals Marseille’s derby victory.

The clash saw an incredible 12 yellow cards shown by referee Jerome Brisard inside normal time as tensions flared on the pitch – and the shocking melee that was sparked into life deep inside stoppage time saw both teams punished.

Marseille’s Dario Benedetto and PSG man Leandro Paredes had clashed with the visitors leading by a single goal, and their coming together soon developed into a full-scale scrap involving a large number of stars.

Neymar was among five players sent off after a brawl started during PSG’s loss to Marseille

Tensions flared horribly on the field and a number of stars flooded in during stoppage time

Neymar also found himself involved, and soon received his marching orders for a punch on defender Alvaro Gonzalez after the official checked his VAR screen to review the unsavoury incident. 

As he trudged off the Parc des Princes pitch, Neymar could be seen telling the fourth official about an alleged incident of racist abuse, seemingly involving Gonzalez, to add another sickening twist to the evening. 

Television footage and a pitchside microphone appear to have caught Neymar pointing at the centre back in question and shouting: ‘Racism, no?’ 

Neymar appeared to accuse defender Alvaro Gonzalez of racism after he walked off the field

Layvin Kurzawa and Jordan Amavi were also handed their marching orders for striking out

Neymar was seen on camera telling the fourth official about an alleged incident of racial abuse

Neymar soon took to social media to vent his frustrations. He wrote: ‘My only regret is not hitting that a****** in the face.’

Andre Villas-Boas, the Marseille boss, said he hoped that racism had not further marred the clash. He told Telefoot: ‘I do not know, I hope not, I hope that nothing has happened’. 

Angel Di Maria, also returning for PSG, was then sensationally accused of spitting on Gonzalez by Villas-Boas.

The attempts to restore calm from the man in the middle fell on deaf ears. Layvin Kurzawa and Jordan Amavi were also caught striking out at each other, with Brisard showing them straight red cards too. 

Paredes and Benedetto were the next players banished back inside after picking up their second bookings. 

PSG’s run to the final of last season’s elongated Champions League saw them allowed two extra weeks to prepare for the new Ligue 1 term. 

Marseille were able to cling on to their narrow advantage after the heated fracas to punish PSG

Florian Thauvin (centre) netted the only goal of the game to inflict PSG’s second straight loss

Thomas Tuchel will have been left speechless after his team’s horror start, however. 

A depleted side fell to a slender defeat against Lens on Thursday, and Marseille were able to inflict further misery despite Neymar featuring.

The hosts were forced to play out the dying stages of the tempestuous encounter with eight men, with Marseille reduced to nine.

Thauvin’s goal on 31 minutes proved enough to ensure PSG remain in the drop zone. 

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