Tottenham's Richarlison has a banana thrown at him

Racism shame as Richarlison has a BANANA thrown at him while celebrating his goal for Brazil in their 5-1 win over Tunisia in Paris… as Tottenham forward tweets his fury at authorities for apathy over tackling the issue

  • Brazil played Tunisia in a friendly in Paris on Tuesday ahead of the World Cup
  • Richarlison scored Brazil’s second goal of the game and started celebrating
  • As he celebrated by the corner flag, a banana was thrown onto the pitch
  • The Brazil FA have said they will continue to fight against ‘racism and prejudice’ 

The Brazil FA vowed to fight ‘racism and prejudice’ on Tuesday night after Richarlison had a banana thrown at him from the stands in his country’s 5-1 friendly win over Tunisia in Paris.

The Tottenham forward was celebrating having put Brazil 2-1 in front at the Parc des Princes when several objects were thrown onto the pitch, one of which was clearly a banana.

Footage showed Manchester United midfielder Fred kicking the banana away while other objects were also thrown onto the pitch. 

A banana was thrown onto the pitch as Richarlison celebrated his goal with his team-mates

The Tottenham forward had just scored his seventh goal in six matches for Brazil this year

The incident sparked fury from Richarlison, who took to Twitter post-match to challenge authorities to take the issue of racism seriously. 

‘As long as [the authorities] stay “blah blah blah” and don’t punish, it will continue like this, happening every day and everywhere,’ he wrote. 

The forward also retweeted a series of messages of support he had received from clubs in Brazil, including Atletico Mineiro, Fluminese and America. 

Prior to the game, five-time world champions Brazil team had posed for photographs with an anti-racism banner which read, ‘Without our black players, we wouldn’t have stars on our shirts’. 

The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) later issued a statement on the Richarlison incident via Twitter. 

It read: ‘Unfortunately a banana was thrown on the pitch towards Richarlison, scorer of the second Brazilian goal.

‘The CBF reinforces its position to combat racism and repudiates any manifestation of prejudice.’  

Raphinha also got on the scoresheet for Brazil and was congratulated by Richarlison

Neymar netted a penalty to move closer to becoming Brazil’s all-time record goalscorer

CBF president Ednaldo Rodrigues added: ‘Once again, I come publicly to 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 colour, race or religion.

‘The fight against racism is not a cause, but a fundamental (battle for) change to wipe this type of crime from the planet. I insist on saying that the punishments need to be more severe.’

Richarlison’s goal had put Brazil back ahead after Montassar Talbi cancelled out Raphinha’s opener. 

Neymar added a penalty, Raphinha claimed his second and Pedro wrapped up the scoring after Tunisia had Dylan Bronn sent off.

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