On claims of racially abusing Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, Alvaro Gonzalez received support from his club Marseille, who reported that the defender got death threats after his phone number was leaked online.
The statement read: “Olympique de Marseille is proud of yesterday’s successful victory over Paris Saint-Germain. Thanks to the determination and devotion of our team, who were able to apply a precise strategy and game plan, this win, achieved in a fair manner, was carried out on the field.”
“Alvaro Gonzalez is not racist as he has proven since joining the club by his everyday behavior, and as his team-mates have confirmed that.”
“The club remains at the disposal of the arbitration committee to participate entirely in reviewing all of the incidents that took place in the match, and the 24 hours that followed.”
“This issue is serious and has already had serious consequences. The club opposes the overnight spread of Alvaro Gonzalez’s private telephone numbers and his family to Brazilian newspapers and social networks, leading to relentless attacks — including death threats.”
“Olympique de Marseille, considering its history and that of the city of Marseille, whose diversity stands firm in the constant battle against racism, is the very emblem of anti-racism in French professional sport. Its players demonstrate this in their daily commitment on and off the field.”