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Neymar slapped with two-match ban for hitting Alvaro Gonzalez as Ligue 1 look at racial abuse claims

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Paris St Germain’s Neymar has been given a two-match ban for striking out at Marseille’s Alvaro Gonzalez in last Sunday’s fiery Ligue 1 encounter. 

A league statement added that defender Alvaro Gonzalo was being investigated after Neymar accused the Spaniard of using racist language towards him during the match, in which a total of five players were sent off following a mass brawl in stoppage time.

PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa was given a six-match ban, the heaviest sanction from the match, for his role in the confrontation, while Marseille defender Jordan Amavi was banned for three matches.

Neymar has been handed a two-match ban for hitting Marseille's Alvaro Gonzalez on Sunday

Neymar has been handed a two-match ban for hitting Marseille’s Alvaro Gonzalez on Sunday

Neymar (right) claimed Gonzalez racially abused him, which Ligue 1 are investigating

Neymar (right) claimed Gonzalez racially abused him, which Ligue 1 are investigating

Neymar was automatically suspended from Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Metz for the red card, as was team mate Leandro Paredes who received the same sanction against Marseille. Both players will also be suspended for Sunday’s away game at Nice.

Neymar and Paredes, who also both received a suspended sanction of an additional one-match ban, will make their returns against Stade de Reims on September 27. 

Marseille striker Dario Benedetto was handed a one-game suspension while PSG’s Angel Di Maria, who was booked during the game but was not punished for the fight, has been called to attend a league’s disciplinary committee meeting next week over claims he spat at an opponent.

Neymar had justified lashing out at Gonzalo by saying the Spaniard had racially abused him. The Marseille defender has denied Neymar’s allegations.

‘Regarding Alvaro Gonzalez, given the nature of the facts, the Commission has decided to place the case under investigation,’ added the Ligue 1 statement.

A brawl in the final minutes of the PSG-Marseille match ensued at the Parc des Princes

A brawl in the final minutes of the PSG-Marseille match ensued at the Parc des Princes

Layvin Kurzawa (middle) has been slapped with a six-game ban, more than any other player

Layvin Kurzawa (middle) has been slapped with a six-game ban, more than any other player

Jordan Amavi (second left) has a three game ban while PSG's Leandro Paredes has two

Jordan Amavi (second left) has a three game ban while PSG’s Leandro Paredes has two

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Tottenham vs Maccabi Haifa LIVE: Stream, TV channel, team news as Harry Kane STARTS – Europa League latest updates

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TOTTENHAM welcome Israeli side Maccabi Haifa tonight knowing victory will send them into the Europa League group stage.

Jose Mourinho’s side have survived two scares to reach this point in the competition, beating Bulgaria’s Lokomotiv Plovdiv and Macedonia’s Shkendija Tetovo away.

  • Start time: 8pm BST
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  • Tottenham XI: Hart, Doherty, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies, Hojbjerg, Winks, Lo Celso, Bergwijn, Lucas, Kane.
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Is Rangers vs Galatasaray on TV? Channel, live stream, kick-off time and team news for Europa League clash TONIGHT

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RANGERS take on Galatasaray with only one of two European titans set to qualify for the Europa League group stage.

The Gers go into this one in good European form, having crushed Willem II 4-0 in Holland in the previous round.

Rangers are looking to make the Europa League group stage for the third successive season

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Rangers are looking to make the Europa League group stage for the third successive seasonCredit: Willie Vass – The Sun

Meanwhile their Turkish opponents got to this stage with a 2-0 win at home to Croatia’s Hajduk Split.

What time does Rangers vs Galatasaray kick off?

  • Rangers vs Galatasaray will take place on Thursday, October 1.
  • The match kicks off at 7.45pm UK time – 9.45pm in Turkey.
  • It will be played at Ibrox.

Is Rangers vs Galatasaray on TV and can I live stream it?

Team news

Latest odds

Rangers 23/20

Draw 23/10

Galatasaray 12/5

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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard: “I know Ryan [Babel] very well, he is a good friend of mine. I really enjoyed playing alongside him.

“I think he is in a good place in terms of where he is at with his football.

“He had a little bit of a mixed time at Liverpool but when he got it right he was a hell of a player to play alongside because he is powerful, he is quick, he can go past players and he has a cannon in his right foot.

“So he is a very dangerous opponent. But I know Galatasaray quite well in terms of personnel.

“We will have to find out a little more in terms of what system they are playing and their style home and away.

“We will do a lot more work this week on that. But it goes without staying that we are talking about a giant of a club. We will certainly have our respect for them come Thursday.”

Galatasaray boss Fatih Terim has promised to play his strongest side after being disappointed with their 0-0 derby draw against Fenerbahce.

He said: “We couldn’t find a way through and the players know they will need to do more this week against a very difficult opponent.

“I will turn all my attention to Rangers now. The Europa League is very important to us in many ways and of course, we will play our strongest team.

“At the moment, we are playing every three or four days and that can be a factor. But we just have to deal with it.

“It always hurts when you don’t win a derby game and we have a chance to put it right this week in Glasgow.”

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6pm Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aouar LATEST, Torreira closes in on Atletico loan, Saka makes England squad

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ARSENAL are still in pursuit of Houssem Aouar with Monday’s transfer deadline looming large.

Reports suggest that Aouar “absolutely” wants to leave the French club, while youngster Bukayo Saka has received a call-up to the senior England squad.

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