After witnessing yet another ugly instance of racism in football, Real Madrid striker Rodrygo has slammed the authorities for not taking a sterner stance against racism.
Five-time World Cup winners Brazil took on Tunisia in their final match before the 2022 FIFA World Cup at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night (September 27). Tite’s men produced a stellar performance, securing a comfortable 5-1 victory in Paris. While it was a great result for Brazil, the occasion was marred by a distasteful act of racism towards Brazil striker Richarlison.
After scoring a goal in the 19th minute, Richarlison headed towards the corner flag to celebrate. A banana was hurled at the Tottenham Hotspur man from the stands, possibly by a disgruntled opposition fan.
Speaking on ‘El Partidazo de COPE’, Rodrygo said that they were used to be racially abused, and criticized pertinent authorities for not doing anything about it. The Real Madrid forward, who was brought on as a substitute in the 79th minute, said (via Marca):
“We are used to it, that always happens.”
When asked whether or not stricter actions were needed to tackle racism, Rodrygo answered:
“Yes, of course. We cannot do anything more. We always speak about it, but nobody does anything.”
10 days ago, Rodrygo’s Real Madrid teammate Vinicius Junior was racially abused in the Madrid derby, but no strict action has yet been taken against the abusers (via Football-Espana).
Brazil’s Richarlison claims acts of racism will prevail as long as they go unpunished
Richarlison, who scored as well as provided an assist against Tunisia, took to Twitter to express himself in the aftermath of Tuesday night’s incident in Paris. Like his young teammate Rodrygo, Richarlison also called for stricter actions, stating that abusers will continue to roam unchecked as long as they are not held accountable.
His tweet read (translated to English):
“As long as they stay “blah blah blah” and don’t punish, it will continue like this, happening every day and everywhere. On the team bro!”
The country’s Football Confederation has also condemned the act, justly calling it vehemently unacceptable.
The federation’s tweet (translated) read:
“After Brazil’s second goal, the banana was thrown towards Richarlison. The CBF reinforces its stance against discrimination and vehemently repudiates yet another episode of racism in football.”