Diawara frustrated by racist induced dismissal


Bologna star Amadou Diawara has been left frustrated following his sending off for reacting to alleged racist abuse during the match against Genoa.

Roberto Donadoni’s side secured a late winner courtesy a Luca Rossettini’s 91st-minute strike at the Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris but the evening was marred when Diawara received a second booking for responding to apparent taunts from a section of the Genoa support during the goal celebration, something he feels was unjust.

“I was happy, like all my team-mates, for the last-minute goal in a hard-fought game,” the Guinean told Bologna’s official website.

“After embracing Rossettini, I just mimed gorilla gestures as a reaction to the noises I heard come from some of the fans behind [Mattia] Perin’s goal.

“It was in no way a vulgar or offensive gesture, but a simple answer to what I considered a lack of respect towards me.

“I am very disappointed that my gesture was misunderstood, but I will learn from this in the future.”

Bologna sit 12th on the Serie A log with the win with 19 points.