Shakhtar Donetsk’s star midfielder, Taison, was sent off in a Ukrainian league game for reacting to racist abuse which he and teammate, fellow Brazilian Dentinho, received from the visiting Dynamo Kyiv fans.
With Shakhtar leading Dynamo 1-0 in the 74th minute, Taison reacted with a middle finger high in the air before booting the ball into the stands.
Dentinho had first reported racist insults to the referee earlier in the game, at which point an announcement was made inside the stadium. After further racist abuse Taison’s reaction, the referee halted the game and took the players off the field for five minutes, as directed by UEFA’s three-step protocol for racist abuse inside stadiums. The third step would have been to abandon the game.
Taison was still sent off when the players took too the field once again. The 31-year-old left the field in tears after having been abused for much of the game. Taison was then seen being consoled by a pair of Dynamo players as he walked off the field.