American Football

Shakhtar Donetsk’s Taison banned for one game for reacting to racist abuse

In the 74th minute of the home side's 1-0 win, the Brazilian put up his middle finger at the section of Dynamo supporters and kicked a ball in their direction.Taison's teammate Dentinho reported the racist abuse to the match referee, who subsequently activated step one and two of UEFA's protocol by ordering a stadium announcement and then taking the players into the changing room.Taison and Dentinho both left the field in tears.When the players reemerged, the referee showed Taison a red card. Step three of UEFA's protocol, abandoning the match, was not activated.FIFPRO, which represents professional footballers worldwide, said it was disappointed with the Ukrainian FA for upholding the one-match ban. "Sanctioning a victim of racial abuse is beyond comprehension and it plays into the hands of those who promote this kind of disgraceful behavior," it said on Twitter.The UAF also ruled Dynamo Kyiv to play one game behind closed doors and fined the club more than $20,000. READ: Toxic football matches — stabbings, fascist salutes and bannersREAD: Brescia fans criticize Mario Baloteelli after he was racially abusedIn a statement released after the match, Shakhtar said it "categorically opposes any manifestations and forms of racism, racial discrimination,Read More – Source