PSG chief Leonardo criticises players for Marseille brawl and questions referee choice


PSG has now lost three straight games 1-0, including the UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich on August 23 and away to promoted Lens last Thursday.

Afterwards Marseille head coach André Villas-Boas said commented: "There is no place for racism in football but I don't think that was the case... we'll have to look at it".

Paris Saint-Germain's mercurial Brazilian star Neymar could face a ban of up to seven games from the French top flight after striking out at Marseille's Alvaro Gonzalez on Sunday. The two were engaged in verbals throughout the game and Neymar reportedly complained of racist abuse earlier in the match.

While Dario Benedetto, Leandro Paredes, Layvin Kurzawa, Jordan Amavi were sent by referee Jerome Brisard, Neymar's actions were not seen then.

"It's easy for VAR to show my "aggression".

Forward Florian Thauvin struck in the 31st minute of a pulsating though ill-tempered match at the Parc des Princes for Marseille's first league win over PSG since November 2011. "We'll have to look at it".

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Hours later, the Marseille defender also insisted he hadn't been racist and added PSG players couldn't take their loss on the field.

Tuchel tried to downplay the defeat.

"The fight is very serious, we will manage internally, we will talk to our players", Leonardo said to Telefoot post-match. They started the match with their third-choice goalkeeper Marcin Bulka and it was the 20-year-old who handed Lens the win with an terrible blunder 11 minutes after the break.

The absence of some key players, including Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi, Andel Di Maria and Keylor Navas - who have all tested positive for coronavirus, reduced Thomas Tuchel's choices for his starting line-up.

Di Maria found the net for PSG just past the hour but had strayed clearly behind the last defender, and Marseille's celebrations were cut short in similar fashion moments later when a Benedetto goal was ruled offside.