Shakhtar Donetsk’s Taison remains indignant after he received a red card for reacting to racial abuse from the stands against Dynamo Kiev on Sunday.
The Brazilian raised his middle finger to the crowd and kicked a ball into the stands during the match and the referee took the players off the pitch, following the incident.
When play resumed five minutes later, the officials adjudged Taison’s reaction to be worthy of a red card and the player had be consoled by Dynamo players.
However, in a lengthy post on Instagram, Taison vowed to keep fighting against racism.
“I love my race, I fight for color, whatever I do is for us, for love…
I will never shut up in such an inhuman and despicable act! My tears were of indignation, repudiation and helplessness, helplessness that I could do nothing at that moment! But we are taught early on 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 … ✊🏿 Net rasizmu
Dynamo Kiev, a club with a history of racism, were quick to pledge to investigate the incident and punish those responsible.
“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,” a club statement read.
“We look forward to the release of photos and videos that could shed light on all the circumstances of the incident.”
Many of Taison’s fellow Brazilians have voiced their support for their compatriot on his Instagram post, including Neymar, Douglas Costa, Douglas Costa and Fernandinho.
Everton forward Bernard, who used to play for Shakhtar, wrote:
“Unfortunately, this is a very backward country when it comes to this, brother, but head on, never stop fighting and doing what you know very well, which is playing soccer. I love you.”
Leicester boss aims for top four
After another loss in this horrid run of form for Leicester City, Brendan Rodgers was asked if he thinks the Foxes will qualify for the Champions League.
After the Toffees defeat, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers was asked if the East Midlanders will qualify for the Champions League. And it was encouraging to hear the manager take a combative approach:
“I’ve always said we’ll push to finish as high as we possibly can. If we finish outside it, then we haven’t been good enough. It’s as simple as that. You have to sustain it over 38 games. We’ve go six games to go and we have to fight to finish as high as we can.”
Dyche’s achievements at Burnley exemplary for promoted clubs, says Wilder
Dyche has twice led Burnley to Premier League promotion and guided them to the Europa League qualification in 2018, marking the club’s return to European football for the first time in 51 years.
Wilder said United, who has emerged as a surprise package on their top-flight return this season, have been using Burnley as the blueprint for what they could achieve at Bramall Lane.
“Burnley are the most talked about a football club in our football club.
“They have built the club, consistency, honest performances, (and) a brilliant manager.
“(Sean Dyche) gives the maximum for his team, takes defeats on the chin, and comes flying back.
“And a great example for my football club and my players on how to do it,” Wilder told reporters in a virtual news conference ahead of Sunday’s league clash at Turf Moor.
Dyche’s future at Burnley has come under speculation in recent weeks amid reports of a disagreement with the club’s hierarchy.
“Absolute nonsense, complete nonsense in terms of anyone questioning what that man does for that football club.
“Have Burnley gone as far as they can with Sean Dyche or is it the other way around?
” I think it’s the other way around and if I was him, I would be looking at it like that,” Wilder said of the reports.
Wilder’s United are seventh in the league after beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 on Thursday for their first victory since the restart last month.
The Blades will be without injured duo John Fleck and John Lundstram against tenth-placed Burnley, while center back Jack O’Connell remains a doubt.
Zidane reacts to news Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has responded to growing transfer rumours that Barcelona legend, Lionel Messi, could leave the club after this season.
Messi has been at Barcelona since he was 12 and has won every laurel in club football while at the club side, but disagreements with head coach Quique Setien and recent disappointment in the champions league has made the striker question his loyalty to the club according to reports.
Rivals, Real Madrid beat Getafe on Thursday night to climb four points ahead of Barcelona with five matches remaining in La Liga. And with the Champions League filled with strong opponents, Barcelona could end the season without any major trophy.
Asked on his thoughts if he will like Messi to leave or stay amid the rumours, Zidane said;
“I don’t know what will happen but we hope not because he is in this league and we want the best in this league,” Zidane said post-match.
Sergio Ramos was the hero for Madrid against Getafe, scoring the only goal from the penalty spot in the 79th minute at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium.
Zidane hailed captain Ramos, who took his La Liga tally to nine goals in 2019-20 following his 450th league appearance for Madrid.
“Our captain is our leader on the field, but also outside,” Zidane said of the Spain skipper, who took his career total to 100 goals.
“He is an unrepeatable player. He is unique and we know what he transmits to everyone else. I’m happy for him for his goal because when it comes to shooting a penalty, he has a lot of confidence.
“It’s almost in the 80th minute and Dani Carvajal’s effort in goal is from the whole team. We know that with patience and tranquility we can score goals. This is what happened.
“The last 20 minutes with freshness we claimed a very important result. We have to congratulate all the players because what we are doing is not easy.”
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