As shameful as it is to say, racism still exists in both football and society, as a whole, even in the 21st Century.
Humanity has moved on in a number of areas, but the colour of a person's skin still continues to divide certain sections across the globe, and the sickening abuse has no place in any realm of life.
Spare a thought for Palmeira midfielder Felipe Melo then, who was subjected to monkey chants during his side's 3-2 victory over Uruguayan outfit Penarol by one of his own opponents on the field of play. Thankfully, Melo managed to take the high ground and come out with a remarkably funny quip about why Gaston Rodriguez chose to mock him over his skin colour:
Golden Felipe Melo: "My opponent called me 'monkey' for the whole game.Maybe his wife cheated him with a black guy" pic.twitter.com/bwjnponmzo— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) April 13, 2017
Melo went on to add that Rodriguez ended up apologising for his behaviour in the aftermath of the clash and, in typically outstanding fashion, the 31-year-old even roe up about the hate and decided to accept Rodriguez's apology.
He added: "It's a game thing, we have to forgive everything, it's forgivable, the important thing is to recognise the mistake of heart. I think there's a self-criticism, he saw that he was wrong, he apologised, what else do I have to do?"
Class act from a classy guy.
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