“I felt nasty … it was a huge humiliation and it really hurt”: Porto star Moussa Marega about the mean racist abuse he suffered after being stopped to leave the field by teammates
- Moussa Marega was racially abused by Vitoria fans after scoring for Porto
- He tried to walk off the field and was stopped by players from both sides
- Marega was eventually escorted from the field by members of Porto
- He said: “It is not possible to play when people mock the color of your skin”
Moussa Marega spoke about the “humiliation” and “pain” he felt when he was racially abused during the Porto collision with Vitoria on Sunday.
The striker heard racist singing from a few supporters in the warm-up and that number grew exponentially when he scored in the 2-1 victory.
Teammates and opponents tried to stop Marega when he tried to walk down the field, but eventually he was led to the locker room by the staff.
Moussa Marega scored for Porto and was subsequently subjected to widespread racist abuse
The striker was withheld by teammates when he tried to run away from the field on Sunday
Due to the shocking abuse, Marega no longer felt able to continue and he was visibly desperate when he gave the supporters two thumbs as the sound became louder.
He said to RMC Sport: “I felt totally —. It was a huge humiliation and it really hurt.
‘It started from the beginning, with the warm-up. They were a few people. However, if you see and hear two or three monkeys or racist insults, I think that happens to many players on the football field.
‘I don’t care if it’s only two or three, but the whole stadium? It is not even possible to keep playing when people mock the color of your skin. It’s impossible.’
Marega’s goal eventually became the winner for Porto, but the race was overshadowed by racist abuse.
Newspapers in Portugal focused on the story and the abuse was widely condemned
‘I feel s ***’, was the headline with which Record appeared on the front page of the newspaper
In the immediate aftermath he took on social media and posted on Instagram: “I would like to tell those idiots who came to the stadium to scream racist abuse … to go myself.
‘I also want to congratulate the referee for not protecting me and showing me a yellow card because I am defending my skin color.
“I hope I will never meet him again on a soccer field !! You are a shame !!! “
There was a huge protest about the horrific behavior and even the Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa added his conviction.
Players from both sides tried to control Marega before he finally played
He wrote on his Twitter account that “all acts of racism are a crime and unbearable.”
“No one should be subjected to this humiliation,” added Costa, whose father came from Mozambique. “We can’t stand alone.”
MOUSSA MAREGA PROFILE:
Age – 28
Nationality – Malian
Position – Rush hour
Goals this season – 7
Help this season – 6
Some chose to criticize the other players on the field for not running away with Marega and instead trying to force him to continue playing.
Kick It Out posted: ‘This is really hard to see. The flagrant disregard of the protocol is unacceptable and players must be united and run away in their condemnation of racism, rather than this. We stand with Moussa Marega.
The monkey sounds aimed at Marega led the 28-year-old attacker to stand up and his decision to walk away was front-page news about the most important publications in Portugal.
O Jogo and Record wrote: “I felt s ***” while their head and Abola followed the line of Marega’s “humiliation.”
Marega gave two thumbs down and was disturbed by the treatment of some fans
Porto said in a statement from Marega, adding that they were “forced to take drastic action” after repeated racist statements. The club said the insults were “a low point in the recent history of Portuguese football and should be punished appropriately.”
And manager Sergio Conceicao confirmed Marega’s point that the abuse first started during the warm-up and added: “We are a family regardless of our nationality, skin color, height, hair color, “he said. “What happened here was pathetic.”
The police searches CCTV images in a closed circuit to identify abusers and continues their investigation.