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PSG’s Di Maria gets four-game ban for role in bad-tempered loss to Marseille

 

Paris St-Germain forward Angel di Maria has been banned for four matches for his role in a bad-tempered Ligue 1 defeat by Marseille on September 13.
Di Maria, 32, was accused of spitting at Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez during a match in which five players were also sent off after a late brawl, reports the BBC.
The Argentina international was one of seven PSG players to test positive for coronavirus before the season.
The league did not confirm his ban was for spitting.
Former Manchester United winger Di Maria had returned a negative Covid-19 test before the French top-flight season began.
The video assistant referee chose not to take action against Di Maria at the time of the incident with Gonzalez and he played the full game as champions PSG lost 1-0.
PSG’s Neymar, Leandro Paredes and Layvin Kurzawa, and Marseille’s Jordan Amavi and Dario Benedetto, were all dismissed in injury time.
As he left the pitch, Neymar told the fourth official he had heard a racist comment. The Brazil forward later posted on social media that his “only regret” was not hitting Spanish defender Gonzalez in the face.
Gonzalez has denied any wrongdoing.
In announcing Di Maria’s ban – which begins on September 29 – the Ligue de Football Professionnel said it will “examine the file” relating to Neymar and Gonzalez on September 30.

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