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Santos midfielder Arouca is targeted by racist abuse

Arouca has made four appearances for the national side
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Brazilian player Arouca has urged authorities to get touch on racism after a spectator abused him with monkey calls and insults.

The incident happened following Arouca’s starring performance in Santos's 5-2 win over Mogi Mirim in a São Paulo state championship match on Friday.

As the 27-year-old left the pitch he was abused by a fan. These comments were picked up on reporters' microphones and both the player and his manager were quick to express their disgust.

"As I left the pitch on Thursday night against Mogi Mirim I was the target of racist insults by a fan of the opposing team," said Arouca in a statement.

"It's lamentable and unacceptable that there is still room for this kind of thing today...It killed the happiness I felt over our team's good performance in which I scored a nice goal, which should be what the sport is all about," he added.

"I sincerely hope cases like this will be severely punished because until that happens nothing is going to change. Impunity and the connivance of authorities with the people who do this kind of thing are every bit as serious as the acts themselves."

Mogi Mirim is now run by former Barcelona forward Rivaldo and if the club are found in any way guilt then they could be forced to play home matches away from their own ground.



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