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Head of French Football: “When a black guy scores, the entire stadium is on its feet.”

Speaking on BFM Business, French Football Federation President Nöel Le Graët made a poorly executed intervention when he was asked about Neymar’s accusations against Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez, who he claims used racist language against him during Sunday night’s Le Classique match.

“When a black guy scores a goal, the whole stadium is on its feet. This phenomenon of racism in sport, and in football in particular, does not exist at all or barely exists.”

On Le Classique:

It is a match that the entirety of France has anticipation for. It went badly. The behaviour of the players was not exemplary. We deplore that. It is a shame. They were not able to keep their cool, nor give the show that we were expecting.

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