Brazilian player Taison banned in Ukraine for response to racism
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.
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.”