'We must be anti-racist', Brazilian star takes stand after being sent off for giving middle finger

'We must be anti-racist', Brazilian star takes stand after being sent off for giving middle finger

Brazil international Taison has said he will continue to fight against racism after suffering abuse on Sunday.

Surprisingly, the Shakhtar Donetsk player was sent off after reacting furiously to chants from Dynamo Kiev’s travelling supporters, kicking the ball into the stands and giving a middle finger to the away end.

The 31-year-old, accompanied by teammate and compatriot Dentinho were left in tears as they walked off the pitch after referee Mykola Balakinwas showed him a straight red.

Play was briefly suspended but later resumed, and Taison later took to social media to react.

"I love my race, I fight for colour, whatever I do is for us, for love. I will never shut up in the face of such an inhuman and despicable act," he wrote on Instagram after the game.

"My tears were of indignation, repudiation and helplessness, helplessness that I could do nothing at that moment!

"But we are taught very early to be strong and to fight! Fight for our rights and for equality! My role is to fight, to beat my chest, to lift my head and keep fighting always!

"In a racist society, it is not enough not to be racist, we must be anti-racist! Football needs more respect, the world needs more respect! Thank you all for the support messages! We follow the fight."

A statement from Dynamo stopped short of condemning their fans, instead, saying: "We consider hasty the allegation of a pre-determined guilt of the fans when the investigation into the circumstances of this case has not even begun.

"We look forward to the start of the investigation, ready to assist it comprehensively and, if proven guilty, will take all possible steps to further isolate these individuals not only from football but also from society."

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“ Amo minha raça, luto pela cor, o que quer que eu faça é por nós, por amor... “ Jamais irei me calar diante de um ato tão desumano e desprezível ! Minhas lágrimas foram de indignação, de repúdio e de impotência, impotência por não poder fazer nada naquele momento ! Mas somos ensinados desde muito cedo a sermos fortes e a lutar ! Lutar pelos nossos direitos e por igualdade ! O meu papel é lutar , bater no peito , erguer a cabeça e seguir lutando sempre ! ✊🏿 Em uma sociedade racista, não basta não ser racista, precisamos ser antirracista ! O futebol precisa de mais respeito, o mundo precisa de mais respeito ! Obrigada a todos pelas mensagens de apoio ! Seguimos a luta ...✊🏿 Net rasizmu

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