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Porto's Moussa Marega quits match over racist abuse at Vitoria Guimaraes

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Mali forward Moussa Marega gave home fans the thumbs down at Vitoria Guimaraes

Porto forward Moussa Marega walked off midway through his side's win at Vitoria Guimaraes, saying he was subjected to racist abuse from fans.

Marega, 28, started to walk towards the dugouts in the 69th minute, nine minutes after scoring what would prove the winner in Porto's 2-1 victory.

He pointed his thumbs down and also raised his middle fingers to the crowd.

Team-mates and opposition players tried to persuade him to stay on, but he was eventually substituted.

In an Instagram post, Marega said the home supporters "who come to the stadium to make racist screams" were "idiots".

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Porto defender Alex Telles tried to prevent Moussa Marega from leaving the pitch
Moussa Marega
And staff from the dugouts tried to persuade Marega to remain

Porto boss Sergio Conceicao said: "We are a family regardless of nationality, skin colour, hair colour. We are human, we deserve respect. What happened here is unfortunate.

"We are completely indignant about what happened. I know the passion that exists for Vitoria and I think most of the fans do not see themselves in the same attitude of some people who have insulted Moussa since the warm-up."

Porto's match report on their website described it as "a sad situation that should make the Guimaraes club and Portuguese football blush with shame".

Team-mates including Alex Telles, Sergio Oliveira and Ivan Marcano all tried to stop Marega walking off the pitch, grabbing the Malian player around the waist - but he pushed everyone aside on his way to the tunnel.

Marega spent a season on loan at Vitoria in the 2016-17 campaign, scoring 15 goals in 25 games.

'These acts shame football'

The Liga Portugal - the governing body of Portugal's top flight - condemned the behaviour of supporters, saying it "does not agree with acts of racism, xenophobia, intolerance".

In a statement, it said: "The values ​​of football are not compatible with what happened at the stadium, in which an athlete no longer endured the insults he was being targeted [by] and chose to abandon the game.

"These acts shame football and human dignity.

"The greatness of the institution of Vitoria should not be confused with the attitudes of some fans who have no place in football and sport.

"Liga Portugal will do everything so that this, and all episodes of racism, do not go unpunished, believing that this is a fight without colours and where everyone is decisive to eradicate this scourge."

The Portuguese players' union (SJPF) expressed its "solidarity" with Marega.

It said: "This case deserves the most serious condemnation, but also the recognition to the player for the courage he had in taking a stand and leaving the field.

"This time Marega stopped, but if nothing is done the players' union makes it known that racism and discrimination in football are more than enough reasons for all the players in Portugal to stop."

After the game, Vitoria coach Ivo Vieira said he did not want to speak about the incident "without being aware of all the facts", but added: "If the player was provoked, then he should not have been."

Vitoria said in a statement: "We will investigate what happened during the game played at Estadio D Afonso Henriques, acting firmly and thoroughly in full co-operation with the competent authorities."


Vitória Guimarães

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Renato de Jesus
  • 17Sacko
  • 3VenâncioSubstituted forSousa Silvaat 83'minutes
  • 2Pereira da Silva
  • 29Hanin
  • 7Evangelista Santana de OliveiraSubstituted forBonatiniat 75'minutes
  • 88Figueiredo Rodrigues
  • 11Brás André
  • 23Edwards
  • 96Duarte da Silva
  • 8JohnSubstituted forda Luz Pereiraat 76'minutes


  • 4Bondarenko
  • 13Bonatini
  • 27Ouattara
  • 28Poha
  • 45Sousa Silva
  • 56Macedo Silva
  • 91da Luz Pereira

FC Porto

Formation 4-4-2

  • 32Marchesín
  • 17JM CoronaSubstituted forNakajimaat 84'minutes
  • 19Mbemba
  • 5Marcano
  • 13Telles
  • 25OtávioSubstituted forMonteiro Pinto Leiteat 88'minutes
  • 16Uribe
  • 27Oliveira
  • 7Díaz
  • 20Mendes AndradeBooked at 44mins
  • 11MaregaBooked at 61minsSubstituted forManafá Jancóat 72'minutes


  • 4Monteiro Pinto Leite
  • 8Silva Baró
  • 9Aboubakar
  • 10Nakajima
  • 18Manafá Jancó
  • 31Meireles Costa
  • 77Vitinha
Luís Godinho

Match Stats

Home TeamVitória GuimarãesAway TeamFC Porto
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Vitória Guimarães 1, FC Porto 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Vitória Guimarães 1, FC Porto 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Davidson (Vitória Guimarães) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Florent Hanin with a headed pass.

  4. Post update

    Luis Díaz (FC Porto) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Florent Hanin (Vitória Guimarães).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Iván Marcano (FC Porto).

  7. Post update

    João Pedro (Vitória Guimarães) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Porto. Diogo Leite replaces Otávio.

  9. Post update

    Zé Luís (FC Porto) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Léo Bonatini (Vitória Guimarães).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Vitória Guimarães. Conceded by Wilson Manafá.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Porto. Shoya Nakajima replaces Corona.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Vitória Guimarães. João Pedro replaces Frederico Venâncio.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Corona (FC Porto) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Otávio.

  15. Post update

    Zé Luís (FC Porto) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Pepe (Vitória Guimarães).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Alex Telles (FC Porto).

  18. Post update

    Marcus Edwards (Vitória Guimarães) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Iván Marcano (FC Porto) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sérgio Oliveira with a cross following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, FC Porto. Conceded by Pedro Henrique.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 16th February 2020

As It Stood

2FC Porto21172246153153
3Sporting Braga21114633231037
5FC Famalicão219663437-333
6Rio Ave219662921833
7Santa Clara218581721-429
9Vitória Guimarães2177734241028
10Gil Vicente216872327-426
11Vitória Setúbal216871523-826
16Paços de Ferreira2144131230-1816
18Desportivo Aves2141162240-1813
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