Brazil change shirt colour but banana incident shows how deep Spanish racism goes

June 19 – Brazil sent a message against racism by swapping their ironic yellow and green shirts for an all-black kit during the first half of a friendly against Guinea in Barcelona on Saturday.

The game was arranged after Brazil forward Vinícius Júnior was racially abused several times in Spain this season while playing for Real Madrid at away games.

Ironically another alleged racist incident occurred just before Saturday’s friendly, this time directed towards an adviser of Vinicius, Felipe Silveira.

“The fight against racism, a crime that needs to stop around the world, is also why we are here,” Brazilian FA boss Ednaldo Rodrigues said in a statement. “That’s also why our national team played the first half of the match in black. And today, once again, another criminal was publicly exposed.”

“While I was playing in the already historic black shirt and getting emotional, my friend was humiliated and mocked at the entrance to the stadium,” wrote Vinicius on Twitter early Sunday.

“The treatment was sad … to make everything public, I ask those responsible: where is the security camera footage?”

The perpetrator was allegedly a security guard who is claimed to have stated: ‘Hands up, this is my gun for you’ while taking a banana out of his pocket.

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