Brazilian Taison banned 1 game for reaction to racism endured in Ukrainian match

Cassandra Negley
Yahoo Sports Contributor
Shakhtar's Brazilian player Taison, right, is suspended one game for his reaction to fans' racism in Ukraine. (AP)

The Ukrainian Football Association banned Brazilian Taison one game for his reaction to racism he endured while on the pitch with Shakhtar Donetsk two weekends ago.

Taison gave Dynamo Kyiv supporters the middle finger and booted the ball into the stands during game play Nov. 10 when fans abused him with monkey chants. He was given a red card and was visibly upset along with fellow Brazilian Dentinho while walking off the pitch when referees removed all players per UEFA protocol.

The UFA gave Taison a one-game ban, per the Associated Press. Dynamo is fined $20,000 U.S. and will have to play one game behind closed doors. It is also on probation for the remainder of the season.

Fifpro, football’s world players’ union, said Tiason’s ban was disappointing. From The Guardian:

“Sanctioning a victim of racial abuse is beyond comprehension and it plays into the hands of those who promote this kind of disgraceful behavior.”

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