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After Neymar accuses foe of racial slur, French Football Federation prez says racism in sports 'does not exist'

Sep 15, 2020

Two days after Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar accused an opponent of calling him a monkey during a Ligue 1 match, French Football Federation president Noël Le Graët insisted Tuesday that there is little to no racism in the world of sports.

“When a Black guy scores a goal, the whole stadium is on its feet,” Le Graët said in a televised interview with French business news outlet BFM. “This phenomenon of racism in sport, and in football in particular, does not exist at all or barely exists.”

The controversial comments come on the heels of Sunday’s testy game between PSG and longtime rival Olympique Marseille. Five players were sent off during the contest, which ended with an on-field brawl.

Activists target French soccer head for downplaying racism

September 16, 2020

PARIS — French anti-racism activists criticized the country’s soccer federation president on Wednesday for not taking the sport’s problems seriously enough.

The SOS Racisme campaign group issued a statement asking Noël Le Graët and other French soccer officials “to stop treating questions of racism with such disdain.”

The debate in French soccer flared after Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar claimed he was racially abused by a Marseille player during a heated league game between the traditional rivals Sunday.