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Brazilian goalkeeper suffers racism during football match

Brazilian goalkeeper suffers racism during football match

Posted by Laura Zúñiga on August 29, 2014

Santos goalkeeper Aranha says he was the target of racist taunts by Gremio supporters during a Brazilian Cup match. Aranha said the fans chanted racist slurs behind his goal toward the end of Santos' 2-0 win at the Arena Gremio on Thursday in Porto Alegre.

Television images appeared to show a woman yelling "monkey" from the stands. Aranha complained and the match was briefly interrupted. He made monkey gestures as he talked to the referee.

At one stage he turned toward the fans and touched his right arm, saying "I'm proud to be black." The goalkeeper later said the taunts "hurt" and he hoped "this is a warning so it doesn't happen again."

Gremio coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was ejected from the field at halftime for complaining to the referee.

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