FC Dnipro midfielder Derek Boateng has revealed he was racially abused during last Saturday's Ukrainian Premier League match in which he was red-carded.
The Ghana international lost his head whilst being sent-off over a poor tackle on a Vorskla Poltava player.
The 29- year-old proceeded to punch an opponent in the face and knocking him to the floor.
A melee ensued whilst the Ghanaian was escorted off the pitch and he is reported to have clattered another Vorskla player on his way for an early bath.
Boateng has defended his behaviour by saying he was called a 'Black Monkey' by the player he punched.
''Everybody who knows me knows I am not like that. It was as a result of a racist provocation by my opponent,'' he told Takoradi-based Skyy Power FM.
''The player called me 'Black Monkey' as he approached me and that really hurt and I couldn’t take it.
''Some of my teammates around the incident heard it and therefore there is ample proof of what happened.
''I have informed my club and they have assured me they will be taking action on my behalf.''
Boateng is likely to receive a five match ban and a hefty fine.
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