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Richarlison thrown banana in racist attack

Several objects including a banana were thrown at Richarlison after he scored for Brazil. Photo: BBC

Brazilian footballer, Richarlison says racism will continue “every day and everywhere” unless the authorities “punish” the perpetrators after a banana was thrown at him during Brazil’s 5-1 win over Tunisia.

According to BBC, the incident took place after the Tottenham striker celebrated scoring Brazil’s second goal in the Paris friendly.

“As long as it’s ‘blah blah blah’ and they don’t punish, it will continue like this,” Richarlison tweeted.

FIFA investigating the incident.

“FIFA strongly rejects any form of racism and violence and has a very clear zero tolerance stance against such behaviour in football”, a spokesperson said on Thursday.

Meanwhile, prior to the kickoff of the march, Brazil had posed with an anti-racism banner that said, “without our black players, we wouldn’t have stars on our shirts”.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) in a statement said it “reinforced its position to combat racism” and “repudiates any display of prejudice”.

“Whether on or off the field, attitudes like this cannot be tolerated”, CBF president Ednaldo Rodrigues added in another statement.

Richarlison’s goal had restored Brazil’s lead after Montassar Talbi cancelled out Raphinha’s opener.

Writing by Muzha Kucha; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu