Porto’s win at Vitória Guimarães on Sunday night was overshadowed by a disgusting racism incident involving the home support.
The visitors won 2-1, with their winner coming from Moussa Marega who netted on the hour mark against his former club.
But that strike was followed by a torrent of racial abuse directed at the 28-year-old from a section of Guimarães fans, who had also subjected him to similar taunts during the warm-up and throughout the game.
— VSPORTS (@vsports_pt) February 16, 2020
The striker was so distraught by the incident that he signalled 10 minutes after his goal that he wanted to leave the field.
Although some team-mates, his coach and even opposition players attempted to intervene and change his mind, Marega walked down the tunnel and left the field of play.
That forced coach Sergio Conceição into making a substitution when it became clear that the Mali international would not return.
— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 16, 2020
Porto released the above video after the game, making their anti-racism stance clear.
Marega himself went on to publish an emotional statement on Instagram, in which he justifiably lambasted both the fans and match officials.
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Gostaria apenas de dizer a esses idiotas que vêm ao estádio fazer gritos racistas … vá se foder 🖕🏾🖕🏾 E também agradeço aos árbitros por não me defenderem e por terem me dado um cartão amarelo porque defendo minha cor da pele. Espero nunca mais encontrá-lo em um campo de futebol! VOCÊ É UMA VERGONHA !!!!
“Just want to tell these idiots that come to the stadium to say racist chants… fuck you,” he posted.
“I also thank the refs that didn’t protect me with the yellow card I got for defending the colour of my skin.
“I hope to never meet you again in a football field! YOU ARE SHAMEFUL.”