FTW- During a Serbian SuperLeague game between Partizan Belgrade and Rad on Sunday, Partizan’s star midfielder suffered a horrific slate of racist abuse, according to his club’s statement:
Partizan Belgrade’s Brazilian midfielder Everton Luiz leaves the field in tears on February 19, 2017, at the end of a Serbian championship match between Partizan and Rad, after racist remarks from Rad’s supporters. Every time he touched the ball, 28-year-old Everton Luiz was being monkey-screamed from a group of supporters of Rad Belgrade, the source said. Shortly before the end, the match was briefly interrupted when Rad supporters also waved a banner with an insulting message against the Brazilian.
Luiz, refusing to take any more of the abuse, showed his middle finger to the crowd, which ignited a brawl between the two sides.
Once that was broken up, Luiz left the field in tears. He was defiant after the game, though, refusing to let the racist fans win.
“I’ve been suffering racist abuse during the entire 90 minutes and also was upset by the home players, who supported that. They were all attacking me. I want to forget this as soon as possible. I love Serbia and the people here, that is why I cried. But please say no to racism.”
Obviously the saddest aspect of this incident is that there are still a significant enough amount of people that feel so comfortable being openly racist in 2017 that they sat in an insanely public place making complete asses out of themselves by howling like primates. That said, a close second is that those social misfits - that somehow managed to form an entire cheering section of bigoted group thinkers - got what they wanted. When Everton Luiz flipped off the crowd before leaving the field in tears, he conceded the victory to the discriminatory drunkards that were "oooooh-oooooh" and "ahhhhh-ahhhhh"-ing like the obnoxious child at the zoo who inevitably gets orangutan shit flung his way.
Now, the hecklers aren't winning at life and - given their propensity to do malicious shit in front of the masses - they are likely taking a lot of L's professionally, but they won that "exchange" when their inappropriate words and actions finally got under the skin of a vulnerable soccer player. It would be pretty fucking disingenuous of me to tell a minority that had a section of a stadium disparaging him for his shade of skin throughout the entirety of a match how to react to blatant prejudice, but I wish he was able to fight back his completely legitimate emotions just so these cocksuckers didn't end up getting exactly what they wanted. Those fans left that game feeling the sickest sense of accomplishment, and that makes me almost as mad as the fact that there are people who not only think it's still okay to compare those with darker skin to monkeys but also think it's super clever to do so.
P.S. I was unaware that the ape insult was used towards Brazilians as well, but I guess when you're playing in front of a bunch of ghostly pale motherfuckers in Serbia then any skin color that isn't translucent is basically deemed as black as the night sky.