Football players' union to support players who walk off over racism

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Portugese soccer club Vitoria has launched its own investigation and released a video condemning racism-- following the abuse suffered by FC Porto forward Moussa Marega during a league match at their home stadium on Sunday (February 16).

(SOUNDBITE) (English) VITORIA PLAYER, SULIMAN, SAYING:

"Vitoria says no to racism"

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The world football players' union-- FIFPRO said on Monday that it will support players or teams who walk off the pitch due to racism in light of the incident.

The Malian forward was subject to abuse throughout his team's 2-1 win and was eventually substituted, shortly after his team mates restrained him when he tried to walk off the pitch in protest.

Marega had scored the decisive on goal on the hour and pointed to his skin, earning him a yellow card.

FIFPRO has in the past offered support in individual cases where players have walked off the pitch.

But this is the first time it has backed such action on a general basis.

The union said neither the existing three-step protocol for dealing with racist incidents in matches nor sanctions such as fines and partial stadium closures had worked.

As well as the more effective measures, it said that the fight against racism requires, quote, "deeper considerations such as diverse representation in decision-making bodies."

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