Brazilian government defends Neymar in racism row
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday retweeted Neymar’s version of events.
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.
The Paris Saint-Germain star is 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.” Gonzalez denies the accusation.
Brazilian government defends Neymar, Neymar’s native Brazil, the ministry responsible for human rights
issues, said it stood 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 voice its solidarity with the player Neymar Jr,”
the ministry said in a statement. “Racism is a crime.