sport news Iury responds to racist taunts with monkey celebration

Iury responded to racist fans in the Ukrainian Premier League by scoring a brilliant bicycle kick before mimicking a monkey with his celebration.

The Zorya Luhansk striker has impressed in Ukraine following his move from Avai last summer, and once again showed his attacking prowess on Sunday. 

But moments before netting the outrageous goal, Iury was allegedly subjected to racist taunts from Vorskla Poltava fans while taking a corner kick.

Zorya Luhansk striker Iury throws his arms out to mimic a monkey after scoring a great goal 

Zorya Luhansk striker Iury throws his arms out to mimic a monkey after scoring a great goal 

Iury was allegedly subjected to racist taunts from Vorskla Poltava fans while taking corner kick

Iury was allegedly subjected to racist taunts from Vorskla Poltava fans while taking corner kick

He responded by scoring brilliant bicycle kick and then celebrated in front of away support

He responded by scoring brilliant bicycle kick and then celebrated in front of away support

Intent to get one over the away fans, the 22-year-old Brazilian met Oleksandr Karavaev's cross and produced a fine acrobatic effort to make it 2-0 to Zorya.

He then celebrated the goal by mockingly mimicking a monkey, a brave celebration but a sign that he wasn't troubled by the incident.

Iury revealed on Monday that a group of Vorskla fans imitated monkey sounds before his goal and made racist gestures towards him when he took a corner.

He told ESPN Brasil: 'I heard the insults a little before making the goal. Some fans imitated monkeys, and the time came to imitate the monkey so I celebrated it like that. They were making the noises like a monkey and I answered like a monkey.' 

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