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Brazilian player Taison banned in Ukraine for response to racism

Dinamo Zagreb v Shakhtar Donetsk: Group C - UEFA Champions League

ZAGREB, CROATIA - NOVEMBER 06: Shakhtar Donesk Taison during the UEFA Champions League group C match between Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk at Maksimir Stadium on November 6, 2019 in Zagreb, Croatia. (Photo by Igor Kralj/Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images)

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KYIV, Ukraine -- Brazilian player Taison has been banned for one game for his reaction to racist abuse in a Ukrainian league game.

The Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder showed his middle finger to Dynamo Kyiv fans who had abused him with monkey chants and kicked the ball into the stands during a game Nov. 10. Taison was shown a red card.

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The Ukrainian Football Association ordered Taison to serve a one-game ban plus a suspended two-game ban.

Dynamo has been fined 500,000 hryvnyas ($20,000) and ordered to play one game behind closed doors. Another one-game sanction is suspended.

World players’ union FIFPro says “sanctioning a victim of racial abuse is beyond comprehension and it plays into the hands of those who promote this kind of disgraceful behavior.”