Tottenham and Premier League condemn Richarlison’s ‘disgusting’ racist abuse as FIFA launch investigation after a banana was thrown at him while celebrating a goal in Brazil’s win over Tunisia
- Banana thrown at Richarlison as he celebrated after scoring for Brazil
- The Tottenham striker restored Brazil’s lead with 2-1 in a friendly at the Parc des Princes
- Several objects were thrown in the direction of the Brazilian players who were celebrating
- Spurs and the Premier League tweeted their condemnation of the abuse.
- FIFA confirmed in a statement that it would investigate the incident.
Tottenham Hotspur have condemned Richarlison’s ‘disgusting’ racist abuse after a banana was thrown at him from the stands during Brazil’s international against Tunisia.
The striker was celebrating taking a 2-1 lead over Brazil in Tuesday night’s friendly at the Parc des Princes when several objects were thrown at him, including one that was clearly a banana.
Footage showed Manchester United midfielder Fred kicking the banana as Brazil players celebrated with Richarlison.
The Spurs offered their support for their player in a tweet that read: “We are disgusted by the racist abuse of Richarlison in last night’s game between Brazil and Tunisia.
‘This has no place in football, or anywhere. We are with you, Richie.
A banana was thrown onto the field while Richarlison celebrated his goal with his teammates
The Tottenham striker had just scored his seventh goal in six games for Brazil this year
The Premier League also condemned the abuse, tweeting: “There is no place for racism anywhere.” We must all tackle discrimination together.
‘Challenge him. Report it. Change it.’
FIFA has confirmed that it will investigate. World soccer’s governing body said in a statement that it “strongly rejects any form of racism and violence and has a very clear stance of zero tolerance against such behaviour.”
Richarlison was infuriated by the incident in a match Brazil won 5-1 and took to social media to challenge authorities to take the issue of racism seriously.
‘While [the authorities] stay ‘blah, blah, blah’ and do not punish, it will continue like this, happening every day and everywhere,” he wrote.
The striker also retweeted a series of messages of support he had received from clubs in Brazil, including Atlético Mineiro, Fluminense and América.
Richarlison’s club, Tottenham, condemned the ‘disgusting’ racist abuse of the Brazilian
The Premier League also spoke out against the incident in Paris on Tuesday night.
Before the match, the five-time world champion Brazil team posed for photographs with an anti-racism banner that read: “Without our black players, we wouldn’t have stars on our jerseys.”
The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) later issued a statement regarding the Richarlison incident via Twitter.
It read: ‘Unfortunately, a banana was thrown onto the pitch towards Richarlison, scorer of the second Brazilian goal.
‘The CBF reinforces its position to combat racism and repudiates any manifestation of prejudice.’
Richarlison celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal in a 5-1 victory over Tunisia
Neymar scored a penalty to be closer to becoming Brazil’s all-time top scorer
The president of the CBF, Ednaldo Rodrigues, added: ‘Once again I come to publicly express my rejection. This time I saw it with my own eyes. This shocks us. We must always remember that we are all the same, regardless of color, race or religion.
‘The fight against racism is not a cause, but a (battle for) a fundamental change to end this type of crime on the planet. I insist on saying that the punishments should be more severe.’
Richarlison’s goal had put Brazil back in the lead after Montassar Talbi had canceled out Raphinha’s first goal.
Neymar scored a penalty, Raphinha scored the second and Pedro closed the scoring after Tunisia sent off Dylan Bronn.