Flamengo scored twice in the last eight minutes to come from behind and beat Bahia 4-3 on Sunday, but the Brazilian league match was overshadowed by accusations a Bahia player used racist language towards an opponent.
Flamengo midfielder Gerson accused Juan Ramirez of saying, “Shut your mouth, Black,” and called the Colombian midfielder’s comments “unacceptable”.
“I have played a lot of professional matches but I have never come and said anything like this to the press because I’ve never suffered this kind of prejudice,” the former AS Roma and Fiorentina player said after the game.
Video also showed Gerson remonstrating with Bahia coach Mano Menezes and the 23-year-old said the former Brazil coach, ” … has to learn to respect (people).”
Bahia later announced it was investigating “the serious accusation of racism…