Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Taison has received a one-match suspension for his red card in the league top match against Dynamo Kiev on 10 November. The Brazilian raised his middle finger in that duel to the Kiev fans in the branch, who were calling out racist slogans to him.
In the 74th minute of the Ukrainian competition match, Taison expressed his anger about the racist chants of the Kiev supporters. In addition to raising his middle finger, he also shot a ball towards the supporters.
Referee Mykola Balakin then stopped the game for a few minutes because of racism. At the resumption, the referee handed Taison a red card. The 31-year-old Brazilian then left the field in tears and was comforted by both his teammates and Dynamo Kiev players.
After the game, Shakhtar coach Luis Castro took the lead for his pupil. "I support everyone who is a victim of racism and therefore also my boys," said the Portuguese, who also called the incident "an absolute disgrace". "Any form of racism is unacceptable. We must fight racism every second of the day."
The Ukrainian Football Association recognizes that there was racism during the game. Dynamo Kiev was penalized for this with a fine of 20,000 euros and must play a match without an audience.
Because of the suspension, Taison misses Shakhtar's home game with FK Lviv from Friday night. This Tuesday the Ukrainians will visit Manchester City in the Champions League.
The crying Taison is comforted by some Dynamo Kiev players as he leaves the field. (Photo: Pro Shots)