Olympique de Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas has defended Alvaro Gonzalez after Neymar accused the centre back of racism.

Paris St Germain forward Neymar said he was the target of a racist slur from Alvaro during Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Marseille, in which he was sent off for brawling along with four other players.

“We are alongside our player, in the search for the truth,” Villas-Boas told reporters on Tuesday. “We are sure that Alvaro is not racist. Olympique de Marseille represents multiculturality.

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“He (Neymar) suffered, too. He knows precisely the impact of false accusations (after a rape case against him was dismissed and the perpetrators charged with perverting the course of justice).

“It’s not correct towards Alvaro. It’s a sensitive subject. Marseille and PSG are here to help find the truth.”


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