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A Bola Give Moussa Marega 10/10 After He Stands Up To Racist Abuse

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A Bola Give Moussa Marega 10/10 After He Stands Up To Racist Abuse

Moussa Marega reacted to alleged racist abuse after scoring Porto's winner against Vitoria on a Sunday night and he's been given a 10/10 for his performance by one newspaper.

The Mali national team striker scored on the hour mark to give Porto the lead, and what would eventually be a winner, and ran towards the home crowd pointing at his skin after alleged racist abuse during the game,

Whilst celebrating Vitoria fans threw objects at him, including a seat from the ground, before he asked to be subbed off and showed his disapproval on his way off.

Portuguese newspaper A Bola gave Marega 10/10 for his performance in their player ratings and no other player on the pitch got better than seven out of 10.

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Marega was sadly booked for his celebration and was visibly annoyed as teammates tried to persuade him to stay on the pitch rather than essentially subbing himself off.

After the match the 28-year-old took to social media to hit back at the abuse, and the referee, with a picture of him sticking his fingers up at the crowd, saying, "I would just like to tell these idiots who come to the stadium to make racist screams ... go f*ck yourself. And I also thank the referees for not defending me and for giving me a yellow card because I defend my skin color.

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After the match Porto boss Sergio Conceicao also condemned the home fans saying, "We are a family regardless of nationality, skin colour, hair colour. We are human, we deserve respect. What happened here is unfortunate.

"We are completely indignant about what happened. I know the passion that exists for Vitoria and I think most of the fans do not see themselves in the same attitude of some people who have insulted Moussa since the warm-up."

Liga Portugal, the Primeira Liga's governing body, said they would take action in a statement, "Liga Portugal does not agree and never will with acts of racism, xenophobia or intolerance that jeopardise the dignity of footballers or any human beings.

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"Liga Portugal will do everything to ensure that this episode and all other racist incidents do not go unpunished.

"We believe this is a fight where your team's colours do not matter and everyone must come together to eradicate this scourge on the game."

Topics: Racism, Football fans, Primeira Liga, porto, Portugal

Ryan Sidle
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