Activists Target French Football Head For Downplaying Racism after Neymar Incident

Neymar (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Neymar (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar had claimed he was racially abused by a Marseille player during a heated league game

  • Associated Press PARIS
  • Last Updated: September 17, 2020, 7:47 AM IST


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

The SOS Racisme campaign group issued a statement asking Nol Le Grat and other French football officials “to stop treating questions of racism with such disdain.

The debate in French football 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.

Asked about the incident, Le Grat the French federation president and a European delegate to the ruling committee of world governing body FIFA said the problem of racism was at less than one percent now.

When a Black player scores a goal, the whole stadium is on its feet,” the 78-year-old Le Grat told broadcaster BFM Business. “This phenomenon of racism in sport, and in football in particular, does not exist at all or barely does.

SOS Racisme said once again it seems that the governing bodies in football are reluctant to take the problem seriously.

The activist group later displayed a banner targeting Le Grat outside the Paris headquarters of the French federation.

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