Barcelona star Neymar clears air over racist chants

Barcelona, Jan 5 (IANS) Barcelona forward Neymar has said that he did not hear any racist chants allegedly hurled at him in Saturday’s La Liga clash against local rivals Espanyol.

Former Barcelona board member Toni Freixa posted on Twitter on Saturday: “I trust that the racist chants which Neymar was subjected to have been carefully noted in the referee’s report.”

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta also echoed the same sentiments as those of Freixa, saying he heard it “in one corner, in the first half, from one supporter”.

However Neymar denied having heard the chants.

“I did not hear anything. It is difficult for things to bother me, I just play football,” the Brazilian star was quoted as saying by the BBC on Monday.

Espanyol president Joan Collet had earlier denied such allegations saying: “I was there, just like 30,000 people and nothing happened.

“The whole thing blows up for one shout, but there was nothing generalised, it’s a lie.”

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