The great duel in the Ukrainian league between Shakhtar Donetsk and the Dinamo Kiev was marked by the expulsion of the Brazilian striker Taison, who saw the red for facing the rival crowd after being a victim of racist insults.
The captain of Shakhtar, club that arrived in 2012, left the court crying, like his compatriot Dentinho, also a victim of racist insults by fans of the Dynamo and who also cried on the court. The meeting between the current champion and the second of the last championship ended with the victory of the Shakhtar, who played at home, 1-0, which brings him closer to the objective of revalidating the title, by beating Zorya by 12 points.
The play that marked the game came in the 74th minute, when Taison He played a ball on the left side of the attack of the Shakhtar, committing foul on a rival. At that time, tired of receiving racist insults from fans of the Dynamo that were in that area of the stadium, Taison He made an offensive gesture (raising his middle finger) and after snatching the ball from the rival goalkeeper, he kicked it towards the swollen rival.
The referee expelled, according to the Ukrainian press, for "unsportsmanlike behavior" the Brazilian striker, who was initially dumbfounded. After being comforted by some rivals, Taison He left the court crying. "Right now I want to absolutely support everyone who suffers from racism and the boys who suffered it today. Any sign of racism is absolutely unacceptable. It is and will be a shame for everyone," said the Portuguese coach of the Shakhtar, Luis Castro.
The champion club of Ukraine He issued a statement to show his "categorical opposition to any manifestation and form of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and any intolerant act." He also said that "there is no possible justification for insulting someone because of their skin color, religion or political beliefs."
After condemning the incident, the Shakhtar He urged "football authorities and clubs to end racism in the stadiums." He Dynamo He also published a tweet to show his rejection of these behaviors: "Football is no place for racism. #NoToRacism." AFP