Banana thrown at a Brazilian star during the Paris match (VIDEO) – RT Sport News
Brazilian soccer star Richarlison has called on French authorities to act after a banana was thrown in his direction during a match against Tunisia at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Tuesday.
Richarlison was celebrating his goal in the 19th minute of the international friendly, joined by his team-mates as several objects were thrown onto the pitch by enraged rival fans.
When Richarlison turned to face the crowd, the banana was thrown in his direction, landing near his feet.
The striker’s strike had put his side ahead 2-1 after Tunisia’s Montassar Talbi equalized a minute earlier.
The Brazilians then wrapped up a 5-1 victory, helped in part by a red card to Tunisian defender Dylan Bronn just before half-time.
But scenes with Richarlison overshadowed the result, with widespread accusations of racism towards the Brazilian star.
« I was talking about it with Roberto [Firmino]saying I think God didn’t let me see that because I don’t know what I could have done in the heat of the moment, » the 25-year-old said afterwards, according to Goal.com.
« That this fan be identified and punished », added the Tottenham Hotspur striker.
The row comes after Richarlison’s Brazilian teammate Vinicius Jr was at the center of a storm of racism in Spain, where he plays for Real Madrid.
A group of rival Atletico Madrid supporters were heard chanting « Vinicius is a monkey » ahead of a derby match earlier this month after a pundit claimed the winger should stop dancing during his goal celebration.
“It’s tough. You see what happened with Vinicius Jr recently and now this, inside a stadium,” Richarlison added Tuesday night.
“May the authorities find him and punish him. May this incident teach others not to.
Brazil’s victory in Paris continued their fine form ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, where they will be considered among the favorites for the title.
Barcelona winger Raphinha scored twice against Tunisia, highlighting the range of attacking talents that coach Tite had.
Neymar struck a first-half penalty that took his international tally to 75 goals – just two behind Pele’s all-time high for the Selecao.
Brazil head to the World Cup after 15 matches unbeaten and have been drawn in a group in Qatar alongside Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.
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