Red card galore as PSG loses to Marseille….

Neymar was one of five players sent off after an injury-time brawl as Marseille beat Paris St-Germain 1-0 in Ligue 1.

Florian Thauvin scored the only goal as PSG lost their opening two Ligue 1 games for the first time since 1984-85. But a late brawl saw PSG substitutes Leandro Paredes and Layvin Kurzawa, and Marseille duo Jordan Amavi and Dario Benedetto, sent off. The referee then watched a VAR replay of a Neymar punch and showed him a straight red card. As he left the pitch, the Brazilian told the fourth official he had heard a racist comment. The game – which was watched by a crowd of about 5,000 fans at the Parc des Princes – was fractious even before that late brawl. There were 17 cards shown in total, a record for a Ligue 1 game in the 21st century. The injury-time drama started when Marseille’s Benedetto nudged Paredes in the back, with the PSG midfielder then punching him to the ground before appearing to headbutt Alvaro. A melee broke out, with Kurzawa and Amavi punching and kicking each other. Benedetto and Paredes were each shown second yellow cards, with Kurzawa and Amavi shown straight reds. A VAR review showed Neymar had punched the back of the head of Alvaro, a player he had been in a running battle with, and he was shown a straight red card – having earlier been booked. Alvaro had also been involved in a big first-half flashpoint when he suggested Angel di Maria spat at him. Di Maria was one of seven PSG players – along with Neymar – to test positive for coronavirus before the season started, although he had since provided a negative test.

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