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.


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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…

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