Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria Accused Of Spitting At Alvaro Gonzalez
Paris Saint-Germain star Angel Di Maria has been accused of spitting at Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez during Sunday's controversial clash.
Marseille emerged 1-0 winners from 'Le Classique' but the game was overshadowed by an unsavoury incident at full-time.
Five players were sent off after a wild brawl with PSG trio Neymar, Leandro Paredes and Layvin Kurzawa receiving their marching orders as well as Marseille duo Jordan Amavi and Dario Benedetto.
Neymar claims Alvaro made a racist remark towards the end of the game - but the Spaniard insists Di Maria spat at him in the first-half.
Television cameras look to have picked up the moment Di Maria potentially spat at his opponent.
Olympique #Marseilles is also accusing Di Maria of spitting on a player (Alvaro Gonzalez) in the first half of the game. @LFPfr will conduct an investigation and anyone found guilty of racism or spitting will be dealt with accordingly.
Do you think #DiMaria spat at #Gonzalez?:arrow_double_down: pic.twitter.com/IpzvpDgyvD
- Footballerize (@Footballerize) September 14, 2020
Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas discussed the Argentine spitting at his player after the game, but condemned any racist behaviour.
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"I don't know. I hope not, there is no place for racism in football," the Portuguese boss told Telefoot per Goal.
"It's a serious fault if it happened but I don't think so. Before that, we had a situation with a spit from Di Maria.
"These are things to avoid in the world of football. I hope it won't be a black spot in this historic performance."
Di Maria was playing in his first game since recovering from COVID-19, which has rocked the footballl world the core.
Florian Thauvin scored the game's only goal to seal victory for Marseille.
"Yes it's an important and historic victory, it's a tough and difficult victory as always," Villas-Boas added.
"It's a great victory. We improved little by little with a little more control. We were disciplined defensively. It should finish 2-0, but I don't know why the referee didn't give the second goal.
It's all kicking off in Parc des Princes!- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 13, 2020
The game finishes 8v9 after the referee gives FIVE red cards, including one for Neymar, in the final few minutes! :triumph:
"Di Maria and Neymar were incredible. I congratulate them because it's hard after COVID-19 to present yourself like this. They did well and fought for 90 minutes. It was the moment for us. We were confident."
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