Brazil’s government has backed its citizen and football star Neymar in his struggle with his club Paris Saint-Germain over the slap he gave defender Alvaro Gonzalez for calling him a ‘monkey.’
Neymar was given a red card when the incident happened and the French league’s disciplinary commission is investigating the matter.
The incident occurred towards the end of the match in which PSG lost 1-0 Marseille.
Gonzalez denies the accusation. But in Neymar’s native Brazil, the ministry responsible for human rights issues said it stood behind the world’s most expensive footballer.
“In the face of yet another case of racism that has come to the surface in sport, the ministry of women, the family and human rights publicly voices its solidarity with the player Neymar Jr,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that- “Racism is a crime.”