Brazilian footballer in tears after racist chants in Serbia
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 21, 2017 11:15 AM
Partizan Belgrade's Brazilian player Everton Luiz, left, leaves the field during a Serbian championship match between Rad and Partizan, in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. Luiz was in tears after suffering persistent racist chants during his team's 1-0 victory against Rad in the Serbian premiership. The Brazilian, who joined Partizan from the Swiss league in 2016, received monkey chants and other abuse, including a racist banner on the stands where Rad fans were standing. (AP Photo/Miroslav Todorovic)
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Partizan Belgrade midfielder Everton Luiz was in tears after persistent racist chants during his team's victory over Rad in the Serbian league.
The Brazilian, who joined Partizan last year, played through monkey chants and other abuse, including a racist banner in the stands where Rad fans were standing.
The banner was removed after intervention from the referee.
There were scuffles between the players after the match on Sunday, when Partizan won 1-0, after Everton Luiz showed the middle finger to the Rad supporters.
Wiping away tears, Everton Luiz said he "faced racist abuse during the entire match."
Serbian fans are notorious for racist outbursts against black players. Rad supporters are known for their nationalist ultra-right behavior.
On Monday, the Serbian Football Association suspended Rad's stadium in Belgrade until further notice because of the fans' behavior.