Neymar regrets not punching Alvaro in the face after alleged racist incident

Neymar has admitted that he regrets not punching Alvaro Gonzalez in the face after alleging the Marseille defender racially abused him.

Five red cards were handed out in the dying seconds of the match between OM and Paris St-Germain.

The two sides have an infamous rivalry and tempers had flared throughout the clash.

And it all came to a top with the clock ticking after Dario Benedetto's cynical foul on Leandro Paredes.

A melee ensued, involving all the players, with referee Jerome Brisard handing out four red cards after kicks and punches were thrown.

VAR officials advised that the ref take another look on the monitor after noticing a punch from Neymar in the back of the hand of Marseille defender Alvaro.

It saw the Brazil international sent off as well, totalling a number of five sending-offs.

As he left the pitch, the 28-year-old told a fourth official that the Spaniard had racially abused him and after the match he took to Twitter to clear up the situation.

He tweeted: "The only regret I have is for not punching the face of this a******."

Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas was dismissive when talking about the incident and jumping to Alvaro's defence.

"I don't know. I hope not, there is no place for racism in football," Villas-Boas said in an interview with Telefoot.

"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.

"It's a great victory. We improved little by little with a little more control.

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"We were disciplined defensively. It should finish 2-0, but I don't know why the referee didn't give the second goal.

"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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