Paris St Germain (PSG) star striker Neymar suffered a heavy slap against Alvaro Gonzalez in a match against Marseille in France’s Football Tournament League-1 and was also banned for two matches.
After the match against Marseille on Sunday, Striker Neymar said that Gonzalez had slapped him with racist remarks, so he slapped him, but he also said that he regrets that he did not slap Gonzalez’s mouth. Gonzalez then denied the racist remarks.
Now the French Professional Football Discipline Commission (LPF) imposed a two-match ban on Neymar over the matter, due to which he could not play against Metz on Wednesday. In this way, he could not play a match for the third time due to the ban. Apart from this, PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes was also banned as much as Neymar, while Levin Kurzawa is banned for six matches.
At the same time, Jordan Amarvi of Marseille will not be able to play the next three matches due to the ban, while Dario Benedotto will not be able to play the next match. These five players were taken out of the field by showing red cards during the match.
A goal scored by Julian Draxler’s header in Injury Time against Metz helped PSG win their home 1-0. This is PSG’s first win after losing two consecutive matches in League-1 this season. In this match also, PSG’s Abdou Diallo was shown the second yellow card while in the 85th minute Juan Burnett was shown the yellow card, which caused PSG to play with 10 of its players in the final 10 minutes.
Barcelona’s Leon Messi scored two goals in a friendly match against Girona, while manager Ronald Coman excluded Luis Suarez and Agurro Vidal. Messi scored two goals and assisted on one goal.
Barcelona won the match 3–1, their second practice match since Coman became manager. It was Messi’s first goal after deciding to stay with the club to avoid a legal battle after expressing a desire to leave the club in the off season. Later Barcelona also shared a tightly held photo of Messi and Coman on each other.
Zurich, Ep. Closed football activity due to the Corona virus resumed in September and Belgium continues to top five months after the pandemic in the first FIFA Men’s World Rankings released on Thursday. There has been no change in the top four places which include Belgium followed by 2018 World Cup winners France, Brazil and England. Defending European and Uefa Nations League champions Portugal moved up two places to fifth place.
FIFA will decide the European qualifying group for the 2022 World Cup in early December and rankings will be determined after the November international break. The top-10 ranked European teams will get top seed in the group with only the winners directly qualifying for the finals tournament to be held in Qatar. Three more teams will qualify through the play-offs to be held in March 2022. World Cup host Qatar is ranked 55. At the same time, India’s FIFA ranking is 108.