Porto’s Marega gives Vitoria fans finger, walks off pitch after ‘racist abuse’

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FC Porto striker Moussa Marega's team-mates and opposition players tried to prevent him leaving the field after he was the target of racist abuse from fans.

Teammates pleaded with Marega to stay on the field, and even restrained him to try and persuade him otherwise.

Marega scored Porto's victor in the 60th minute during the 2-1 away win over Vitoria in the Primeira Liga, and he celebrated by running over towards a section of home fans and pointing towards his forearm.

He later blasted as "idiots" the fans who reportedly jeered him, while also sarcastically thanking the referee for how he handled the situation. We are all a family here, regardless of our nationality, skin colour, height or the colour of our hair and we all deserve respect.

"We are completely indignant at what happened", he added.

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Porto coach, Sergio Conceicao, also condemned the incident.

"To those idiots that go to the stadium to shout racist insults, go f*** yourselves", Marega said. What happened here is outrageous.

"We know the passion that exists at Vitoria and I think that most fans do not recognise themselves in the attitude of other people who insulted Moussa". I hope I never meet you on a football pitch ever again.

"I'm also grateful to the referee for not defending me and for giving me a yellow card for defending my skin colour".

The president and prime minister of Portugal have spoken out Monday morning after a black FC Porto soccer player was subjected to monkey chants and attempted to walk off the pitch for a substitution over the weekend.

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The abuse is reported to have started during the warm-up and throughout the game, but it got worse after Porto's second goal.

"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".

"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", said a statement on its website.

Porto were away to Vitoria Guimaraes on Sunday night when the incident took place. "But if the player was provoked, then he should not have been", he said.

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