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Douglas Costa speaks against racists

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Douglas Costa has spoken against racist fans and said that every person is equal

Thanks to a late goal from Douglas Costa, Juventus booked their place in the Champions League Round of 16 against Lokomotiv. The 29-year made an impact immediately after coming on for his side.

Douglas Costa spoke to Italian reporters recently. He mentioned about his style of play in his previous match. The forward also recalled his discussion with his teammates just before he scored the goal.

“I was playing as a trequartista and it was hard for me to find space. So, talking to Bonucci and Dybala, I said that I could move to the left.

“When I jumped past the two defenders, I saw that I had room to move to the centre, it was clever Higuain to give me that ball with a backheel, then I managed to stay calm and score.

“It was a very nice action, thanks to Higuain as well,” Douglas Costa added.

The Brazillian then mentioned about the racism incident and went on to express his dislike for racist fans. He touched Mario Balotelli’s incident on the pitch. Douglas Costa said he believed in equality among everyone.

“Football is happiness, it’s not compatible with racism.”

“Mario writes me messages from time to time, I thank him for his compliments. He likes the games, the technical quality and therefore the Brazilian game.

“For what happened to him I can say that racism has existed for a long time. I understand it well, for my skin and I totally fight against it because I think we are all equal. And with our families we defend our principles.

“I believe that the people who commit these acts can be identified, do not deserve to celebrate a goal, because football is a spectacle, brings joy and is not compatible with these feelings,” concluded Douglas Costa.