Wigan Athletic of England defender, Leon Aderemi Balogun has spoken out in support of FC Porto of Portugal’s Malian striker, Moussa Marega, who was caught at the centre of racist attacks last weekend, megasportsarena.com reports.
In the wake of the latest issue with racism, which again caught rapt attention across the world of football over the past few hours, Balogun, who is on loan at The Latics from Brighton, threw his vocal his weight behind the Mali international, and alleged that his club did not back him up.
Balogun voiced his support for Marega, after the forward decided to walk off the pitch when he was hit with alleged racist abuse in Sunday’s Primeira Liga encounter against Mikel Ndubuisi Agu’s Vitoria Guimaraes, with the home fans allegedly abusing him for his skin colour.
It was the height of a testy game for Marega, as he endured a torrid night during the game that ended 2-1 in favour of Porto but, after putting The Dragons ahead with his 60th-minute strike, the 28-year-old Malian reacted to chants by pointing his thumbs down to the fans and raising a middle finger.
However, when Marega was walking off the pitch, his teammates and players from the opposing side persuaded him to play on, but Balogun believes Porto could have supported the Malian in making a strong stand count with a pivotal show against any racist act.
Balogun took to social media to air his view, as the Germany-born lad, who faced similar scenes during his last season with SV Mainz in the country of his birth, tweeted: “He must have felt like the loneliest person in that moment.
“Let down by his team mates. I don’t know if you see this my brother, Marega but I stand with you. Respect for walking off and standing up, not just against those idiots but your team mates as well! #MaregaTheBrave.”