Shakhtar Donetsk’s Taison Sent Off After Taking A Stand Against Racist Abuse From Dynamo Kyiv Fans
Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Taison was shown a straight red card after lashing out at alleged racist abuse from Dynamo Kyiv fans on Sunday.
The 31-year-old Brazilian took a stand late into the second half as he stuck up a middle finger at rival fans before punting the ball at them.
The referee took players off the pitch in the 77th minute at the Metalist before resuming the clash five minutes later.
Taison, who was in tears when the match was briefly halted, was shown a red card when play was resumed.
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Shakhtar Donetsk's Taison racially abused by fans of bitter rivals Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine.
He kicked the ball into the crowd in and was sent off by the referee.
Compatriot and teammate Dentinho in tears :sob: https://t.co/HyKGTnokHf
According to BBC Sport, Shakhtar claims that Taison and fellow Brazilian teammate Dentinho were targeted by Dynamo fans and rival supporters were warned twice.
Clips posted from the clash on social media also showed Dentinho in tears.
Shakhtar boss Luis Castro said his full support was behind his players and insisted that any "manifestations of racism are absolutely unacceptable."
He explained after his side's 1-0 victory on Sunday: "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."
Following the Ukrainian Premier League clash, the club released a statement that said they "categorically oppose any manifestations and forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and any related intolerance."
Shakhtar continued: "There can be no justification of those who insult other people because of their skin colour, religious or political beliefs.
"This kind of behaviour is unacceptable in any civilised countries and football leagues.
"Such humiliating accidents cause pain and disappointment to the large football family of FC Shakhtar.
"We condemn this kind of behaviour of the audience, we will always voice the support and protect our players.
"We are calling on football authorities and clubs to stop racism in the stadiums."
Shakhtar's English Twitter account tweeted out a message of support for Brazilian duo Taison and Dentinho, calling them "the best" and saying "#NoToRacism."
The racial tensions in the Ukrainian clash follow on from Mario Balotelli being subjected to racist abuse in Brescia's 2-1 defeat to Hellas Verona earlier this month.
The former Manchester City and Liverpool striker kicked the ball into the crowd and stormed off the pitch after being targeted by rival fans.
Balotelli, who scored a screamer in front of the fans who abused him, has continued to fight his corner and even called out the "small-minded people" who targeted him.
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