Trainer Sérgio Conceição of FC Porto has reacted indignantly to the racist slogans against his striker Moussa Marega in the away match against Vitória Guimarães (1-2). The home team also condemns the disturbances of Sunday evening and has announced an investigation.
"What happened here is regrettable," said the 45-year-old Conceição after the duel in Estádio D. Afonso Henriques. "Whatever your skin color, hair color or whatever: we are one family and everyone deserves respect. We are very shocked by the events."
Supporters of Vitória Guimarães allegedly made racist remarks throughout the game at Marega, who responded 15 minutes after the break. The striker nicely made the 1-2 on behalf of FC Porto and celebrated the goal by pointing at his arm, to indicate that the goal was made by a player with a dark skin color.
Guimarães fans reacted furiously and threw seats on the field. Marega decided to put one of those chairs on his head, which, remarkably enough, was put on a yellow card.
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The furious Malians then walked off the field, although teammates still did everything to stop him. The match went on as usual and Conceição decided to swap Maréga, who was upset, twenty minutes before time.
"The behavior of the fans is despicable, although I think most Vitória supporters cannot identify with the people who have offended Moussa since the warm-up. This behavior must be punished," Conceição emphasized.
In a statement on the official website FC Porto speaks of "one of the saddest moments in the history of Portuguese football". The number two in Portugal also says that everyone within the club is in solidarity with Marega.
Vitória Guimarães condemns the behavior of its own supporters and, with the help of the authorities, goes looking for the perpetrators. "We are investigating the events and will not be afraid to act hard against people who have misbehaved."