Brazil's international football friendly against Tunisia has been overshadowed by shocking scenes of racism in Paris.
One of the main favourites to lift this year's World Cup, Brazil thrashed 10-man Tunisia 5-1 in their last game before the showpiece tournament in Qatar.
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Raphinha scored twice and set up another goal for the Samba Boys to reinforce his importance to coach Tite's side.
However, the thumping win was marred by a racist incident that saw a banana thrown at Brazil's players when they were celebrating a goal near the corner post.
Tottenham forward Richarlison had just fired Brazil back when he wheeled away and slid towards the corner post in celebration.
Teammates ran towards Richarlison to congratulate the player, before a banana came flying out from the stands and landed right near the players on the pitch.
Similar to the racist monkey chants that have long plagued football around the world, the banana is another symbol of race-related hatred that has no place in the sport.
Brazil's players had been vocal against racism after Real Madrid's Vinicius Jr was racially abused by Atletico fans before their recent derby.
Prior to the game, the five-time world champions 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.
"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."
The incident was also widely condemned across the football world, with fans calling on FIFA to crack down hard on offenders.
Blatant racism in the Brazil-Tunis game being played in France with bananas being thrown at the Brazil players. When will UEFA & FIFA do something about this?
— Valdivia 🌻 (@TheCorollary) September 27, 2022
lasers, racism, booing brazil's national anthem. shame on you! this is so embarrassing and disrespectful!
— bruna (@dosesofeuphoria) September 27, 2022
- They booed our anthem;
- Heavy and unnecessary fouls throughout the game;
- They threw a BANANA at Richarlison, in a disgusting act of racism.
On the field, there was no way out: Brazil 5x1 Tunisia, outside the dance. Respect the biggest national team in the world, 5 world cup https://t.co/FZg5cAxFUI
— Norcklys (@norcklysOG) September 27, 2022
Racism in soccer is becoming so normal, They threw a banana at Richarlison and Fifa will not do literally nothing, at the game Brazil against Tunisia ….
— Marz emay (@EmayMarz) September 27, 2022
The Brazilian FA condemning another act of racism in football, this time in Parc des Princes.
After Richarlison scored Brazil’s second goal against Tunisia a banana was thrown in his direction. https://t.co/7r0k0hlC8M
— Nico Cantor (@Nicocantor1) September 27, 2022
Appalling scenes in France this evening as Richarlison appeared to have a banana thrown in his direction after scoring in Brazil’s victory over Tunisia.
Disgusting that this kind of behaviour still exists in 2022.https://t.co/ynwRPUNEBG
— Keifer MacDonald (@KeiferMacd) September 27, 2022
Europe is sunk in racism. What happened today in the match Brazil vs Tunisia was sad, shocking and absolutely unacceptable.
— Diego ⚽🇪🇪🇧🇷 (@Diegoda19735128) September 27, 2022
Looks like a banana was thrown at Richarlison. This’d INSTANTLY be racism if Brazil played against Denmark or Finland, or Norway & not Tunisia. Every interpretation is relative, hence can be one thing or another. Let’s not fuel hate against one another.
— EveryoneMatters (@Im91389331) September 27, 2022
Brazil flying ahead of World Cup
Brazil's drubbing was another dominant performance by the South American giants who beat Ghana 3-0 on Friday, giving their fans plenty of reasons to be excited by their young team heading into Qatar.
Raphinha opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a header from the edge of the area over goalkeeper Aymen Dahmen.
However, Tunisia equalised seven minutes later with an opportunistic header by Montassar Talbi from a free kick.
Brazil were back in front a minute later though when Raphinha found Richarlison ghosting behind the defence and the striker fired a low shot between the keeper's legs.
The Selecao extended their lead through a Neymar penalty in the 29th minute and Raphinha scored his second with a precise low shot from the edge of the area in the 40th after a lightning counter-attack.
Two minutes later, Tunisia defender Dylan Bronn received a straight red card for a foul on PSG star Neymar.
With victory assured, Brazil eased off in the second half as Tite sent on several substitutes.
Flamengo forward Pedro, the biggest sensation in the Brazilian league this season, came on and netted the fifth with a superb first-time shot from the edge of the box in the 74th.
Brazil will open their World Cup campaign against Serbia on November 24 and also face Switzerland and Cameroon in Group G.
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