West Bromwich Albion star Matheus Pereira has offered his support to Porto striker Moussa Marega after he was subjected to racist taunts on Sunday evening.
Marega, 28, began to walk off the pitch with just over twenty minutes remaining in his side’s game with Vitoria, a club he used to play for on loan.
After pointing his thumbs down to the crowd, the striker then raised his middle fingers in a response to the chants.
Team-mates Alex Telles, Sergio Oliveira and Ivan Marcano all attempted to halt Marega walking off the pitch, but the Malian striker was adamant on leaving the pitch.
Eventually substituted after a delay in the game, Marega has now been much the centre of attention in the football world – as its governing bodies continue to fight off discrimination.
In an Instagram post, Marega said the home supporters “who come to the stadium to make racist screams” were “idiots”.
Pereira, whose parent club is Sporting Lisbon has now responded to Marega’s last social media post.
Marega spent a season on loan at Vitoria in the 2016-17 campaign, scoring 15 goals in 25 games.
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This is another unsavoury incident that simply cannot keep happening. Whilst most agree with Marega’s decision to walk off the pitch – some believe that is not the answer to the situation.
Something quickly needs to happen, because the situation is not acceptable right now across football.
The referees need a better directive to follow on these incidents, and their is no reason why games cannot be called off by the referee if chanting like this happens.
Marega is sure to appreciate the support he has had from the footballing world, which includes this message from Pereira.