Dinamo Zagreb Paulo Machado fine player $110,000 for obscene gesture
Dinamo Zagreb have fined their Portuguese midfielder Paulo Machado $110,000 (£70,800, 100,000 euros) after he responded to being booed by his own fans by showing them his middle finger during a Champions League game.
Zagreb: Dinamo Zagreb have fined their Portuguese midfielder Paulo Machado $110,000 (£70,800, 100,000 euros) after he responded to being booed by his own fans by showing them his middle finger during a Champions League game.
The incident happened in the Croatian champions` third qualifying round, first leg against Norwegian outfit Molde on Tuesday, a match which finished 1-1.
"I made a terrible mistake and I would like to apologise to the supporters, president, coach, the entire team and to my family as well," Machado told a press conference, according to the club`s website.
"It was a bad moment. I emphasise that I am sorry and that I will show on the field how much I respect both Dinamo and their supporters."
Being replaced in the 65th minute of the match in Zagreb, the former Porto, Saint-Etienne, Toulouse and Olympiakos player was booed by the Dinamo fans as he left the field.
He responded by showing his middle finger, immediately earning a red card for the gesture.
There was speculation in local media that Machado might be sacked by the club as a result, but coach Zoran Mamic said he would stay "and face the consequences" of his behaviour.
"The entire team wants Paulo to stay in the club, but of course he should be punished for the harm that he has done to the team and himself," Mamic said.
The fine will be donated to charity, he added.