Portuguese side Vitória ​de Guimarães have been fined just €714 for the racist chanting that saw Porto striker Moussa Marega walk off the pitch midway through the two sides' Primeira Liga encounter in February.

Marega is just one of several players who have had to endure racist abuse during a football match in recent months, with England players being targeted by Bulgarian supporters in a fixture in October 2019 and multiple incidents in Italy's Serie A.

The Porto attacker received ​very little support as he left the field in this instance, with his teammates desperately running after and urging him to remain on the pitch. 

He had just netted what turned out to be the winning goal, after which a section of Vitória fans are alleged to have targeted the 28-year-old with a series of abusive chants.

Portuguese outlet ​MaisFutebol report that Guimarães have been hit with various sanctions this week, including around €7,000 for chairs thrown at Marega, and tens of thousands for the use of pyrotechnics. Porto have also been ordered to pay €9,000 for poor fan behaviour in the Primeira Liga clash. 

Morals simply have to be questioned here, though, as the €714 fine for the racist abuse is far inferior to that of the other offences. It should be a given that any discrimination should be taken extremely seriously by the Portuguese authorities, but in this case there just hasn't been enough action taken.


Marega took to social media in February with a sarcastic response to the referee's inability to deal with the situation on the day, and it wouldn't come as too much of a surprise if he were to reach out again at the news of the minuscule punishment that Vitória de Guimarães have been dealt.

Marega had the last laugh on the night as his side ran out 2-1 victors, although that may come as little consolation to the striker following the actions of his teammates.