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Shakhtar’s Taison sent off for reacting to racism

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Shakhtar Donetsk’s Taison was shown a straight red card after reacting to alleged racist abuse from Dynamo Kyiv fans.

The Brazilian stood up to an abusive crowd, who had already had two warnings about the abuse.

It appeared thought that late in the second half, enough was enough and the player snapped.

Such was the player’s despair at the referee’s reaction he was reduced to tears as he was ejected from the game, receiving a straight red card for his actions.

While Shakhtar ran out 1-0 victors, the thoughts of the club and their manager were made public through the official website, shakhtar.com.

Manager Luis Castro staunchly defended his player.

He said:

“I want to support absolutely everyone suffering from racism and the guys who have suffered today.”

“Any manifestations of racism are absolutely unacceptable.”

“It was, is, and will be a disgrace to everyone.”

“Together, we must fight it — every day, every minute and every second.”

The club released the following statement:

“There can be no justification of those who insult other people because of their skin color, religious or political beliefs.”

“We condemn this kind of behavior of the audience, we will always voice the support and protect our players.”

The current approach in the fight against racism is clearly not working and further tougher action is the only way forward.