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French Football Federation President Says Racism in Sports, Soccer ‘Does Not Exist’

French Football Federation President Says Racism in Sports, Soccer 'Does Not Exist'

After Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar accused Marseille’s Alvaro Gonzalez of directing a racial slur at him during Sunday’s match, French Football Federation president Nöel Le Graët said racism “does not exist” in soccer.

“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,” Le Graët told BFM Business in an interview on Tuesday, which was translated by beIN Sports.

“It is a match that the entirety of France has anticipation for. It went badly. The behavior 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,” he added while addressing the melee in Sunday’s match.

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