Neymar Publishes Open Letter Against Racism. Neymar accused Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez of racism. This was after a melee which saw 5 players sent off. Neymar claims that Gonzalez called him a monkey. Neymar and Gonzalez have since engaged in an online spat. Gonzalez denies any wrongdoings.
Below is an open letter published by Neymar regarding the alleged racist incident.
“Yesterday I revolted, I was punished with red because I wanted to hit someone who offended me. I thought I could not leave without doing something because I realized that those in charge would not do anything, did not notice or ignored the fact. During the game I wanted to answer as always, playing football. The facts show that I did not succeed. I revolted…
In our sport, aggressions, insults, swearing are part of the game, of the dispute, you can’t be affectionate. I understand this guy partly, all is part of the game. But the racism and intolerance are unacceptable.
I am black, son of black, grandson and great grandson of black also. I am proud and I do not see myself as different from anyone. Yesterday I wanted those in charge of the game (referees, assistants) to position themselves and understand that there is no longer such a place for a prejudiced attitude.
Reflecting and seeing all the manifestation that happened, I am saddened by the feeling of hatred that we can provoke when in the heat of the moment we snap.
Should I have ignored it? I don’t know yet… Today, with a cool head, I say yes, but in due course my companions and I asked the referees for help, and we were ignored. That’s the point!
We who are involved in entertainment need to reflect. An action led to a reaction and got to where it did. I accept my punishment because I should have followed the path of clean football. I hope, on the other hand, that the offender will also be punished.
Racism exists, it exists, but we have to stop it. No more, enough!
The guy was a fool, I also acted like an fool for letting me get involved in that… I still have the privilege of keeping my head up today, but we all need to reflect that not all black and white people are in the same condition. The damage from the confrontation can be disastrous for both sides, whether you are black or white. Whether you are black or white. I don’t want to and we shouldn’t mix subjects, skin color we don’t choose. Before God we are all equal.
Now… yesterday I lost in the game and I lacked wisdom… Being at the center of this situation or ignoring a racist act will not help, I know, but pacifying this “anti racism” movement is our obligation so that the less privileged will naturally receive their defense. We will meet again and it will be my way, playing football…
Stay in peace! Stay in peace!
He know what you said … I know what I did!
More Love for the World!”
The authorities are still investigating further into this matter as Neymar publishes open letter against racism.