‘Racism is a crime’ Brazilian govt support Neymar in racism row
NEWSMAN – Paris Saint-Germain star, Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, simply known as Neymar has gained the support of Brazil’s government, after he was red-carded for a fight, where he accused Alvaro Gonzalez of racist comment.
Neymar is currently facing punishment by the French league’s disciplinary commission after slapping defender Alvaro Gonzalez near the end of PSG’s 1-0 loss to Marseille Sunday, accusing the Spaniard of calling him a “monkey.” Guardian reported.
Although Gonzalez denies the accusation, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday retweeted Neymar’s own version of events which led to the ministry responsible for human rights in Neymar’s Brazil, to stand behind the world’s most expensive footballer.
“In the face of yet another case of racism that has come to the surface in sport, the ministry of women, the family and human rights publicly voices its solidarity with the player Neymar Jr,” the ministry said in a statement. “Racism is a crime.”
The Brazilian striker slapped Gonzalez on the back of the head near the end of Sunday’s match, sparking a mass brawl that ended with five players sent off, including Neymar, and now faces a potential multi-match suspension, as does Gonzalez, if league officials find Neymar’s accusation is true.
Neymar, 28, is widely considered as one of the best players in the world. He is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. He came into prominence at Santos, where he made his professional debut at age 17.