Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez suggested Neymar was a bad loser after the PSG superstar alleged he had been subject to racist abuse.
Neymar was one of five players sent off after a brawl erupted in the dying minutes of Paris-Saint Germain’s 1-0 defeat to Marseille on Sunday.
The Brazilian forward was given his marching orders by referee Jerome Brisard after appearing to aim a punch at Gonzalez during the ruckus.
He was dismissed along with PSG teammates Layvin Kurzawa and Leandro Paredes, and Marseille pair Jordan Amavi and Dario Benedetto.
As Neymar left the pitch following his red card, he could be seen telling the fourth official he had punched Alvaro Gonzalez because he had been subjected to a racist remark, then repeating the claim to the TV cameras as he walked past.
Neymar’s tweet, posted in his native Portuguese, translated as “The only regret I have is for not being in the face of this asshole” – which has been widely interpreted to mean he regrets not punching him in the face.
He later tweeted that he had been called a “monkey motherf**ker”.
It is not clear who is alleged to have made the remark.
However, Gonzalez also took to Twitter to post his own stance on racism – and suggested Neymar needed to “learn to lose” after PSG’s second defeat in succession.
The defender tweeted: “There is no place for racism… Sometimes you have to learn to lose and take it on the field. Incredible 3 points today. Allez l’OM. Thanks family.”
Even before the injury-time brawl, Sunday’s Le Classique was a tumultuous affair, with 12 yellow cards having been shown prior to the melee.
And tensions had risen after PSG’s Angel di Maria – who has recently recovered from Covid-19 – appeared to be accused of spitting at Gonzalez, with VAR judging the former Manchester United man to be innocent.
PSG’s defeat meant they have lost their first two games in defence of their Ligue 1 title, having been beaten 1-0 by Lens on Thursday.
The consecutive reverses meant they have failed to score in either of their opening games for the first time since the 1978/79 season.