Tunisia not sure of identity of fan who threw banana at Brazil's Richarlison

AFP , Ahram Online , Wednesday 28 Sep 2022

The Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) said on Wednesday that it "strongly condemns" any racist act in stadiums but added it was not certain a Tunisia fan had thrown the banana aimed at Brazil Richarlison in a friendly game in Paris.

Brazil s forward Richarlison reacts after scoring his team s second goal during the friendly football match between Brazil and Tunisia at the Parc des Princes in Paris on September 27, 2022 (AFP)


Richarlison was pelted with objects from the stands after putting Brazil ahead for the second time in the 5-1 win at Parc des Princes on Tuesday.

The Tottenham forward celebrated in front of the Tunisian supporters, who responded by throwing a banana and plastic cups in his direction.

Brazil midfielder Fred kicked the banana off the pitch, before extra security guards took up residence on the side of the field.

In its statement, the FTF stressed, that "the overwhelming majority" of Tunisian fans at the match had behaved in an "exemplary manner" and that it was not possible to say whether the person who threw the banana was a Tunisian fan.

"We strongly condemn any racist act that would occur in any stadium in the world, and if the author of the banana throw were to be identified as Tunisian, we would apologise on his behalf and on behalf of all Tunisians present at the stadium," said the statement.

The scene for a bad-tempered match was set when the vast numbers of Tunisia fans jeered the Brazilian national anthem before kick-off.

"I was puzzled, I was saying 'No, it's a lack of respect'. Football is a sport that promotes inclusion," said Brazil coach Tite.

The match was also briefly interrupted in the first half following the use of laser pointers aimed at the players.

Earlier this month, another Brazil star Vinicius Junior, was the target of racist chants when Real Madrid visited neighbours Atletico Madrid. Spanish prosecutors have opened an investigation.

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