After the racist incidents against Moussa Marega that occurred on the sidelines of FC Porto's victory at Guimaraes, the ex-attacker of Amiens admitted to having experienced “a big humiliation, a shame (…) I felt like shit, it really touched me, he said on the RMC microphone on Monday. It was no longer possible. It started from the start, at the warm-up, it was two to three people. When it became the whole stadium, there it was not possible, we cannot stay like that playing while people are laughing at your skin color ”.
Sunday, the 28-year-old striker decided to leave the lawn in the 71st minute of the match in Guimaraes. After signing the victory goal, Marega was the victim of racist chants and monkey cries by the supporters of his former club, for which he played a season in 2016-17, and did not want to continue the match , despite the support of part of the stadium and its teammates. “They ( his teammates at FC Porto, editor's note ) did not understand my reaction. They were shocked at my decision, they wanted to calm me down, they know me well, they know that my behavior is quite harsh. They did not want me to do something serious (…) The coach (Sérgio Conceição) had the reaction I expected from him. He wanted to keep me on the lawn so that I didn't take a red. He was okay with me going out, ”he said.
An open police investigation
After this event, which has been commented on millions of times on social networks, the Portuguese press and Portuguese political leaders supported the native of Essonne (91). "Moussa Marega has been the target of racist insults which must be severely punished," reacted the Portuguese Football Federation, while Prime Minister Antonio Costa said: "We must all express our solidarity with him and the rejection total of this type of behavior. "
Vitoria Guimaraes explained that it would "censor any manifestation of violence, racism or intolerance". Portuguese police said they were studying surveillance footage from inside the stadium to identify the supporters who provoked and insulted the FC Porto footballer.
As an exception to the support movement following this affair, the group of supporters of Vitoria Guimaraes quipped by congratulating "the media machine which saw only racism against a player and not the racism of this same player", in a message posted on Facebook. "If there have been racist attitudes towards Marega or if Marega provoked the Vitoria supporters, the two must be condemned," concluded the group of supporters. "I never imagined it would have happened here. I have always respected this club. I did not celebrate any goal against them, yesterday it shocked me, I did not know that this club had fools like that, "concluded Marega, who had been loaned to VSC in 2016.
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