By Phil Spencer
Antonio Conte has called for the spectator who threw a banana at Richarlison to be banned for life.
The racist incident happened during Brazil’s 5-1 victory over Tunisia on Tuesday night when the Tottenham striker put his country ahead after 19 minutes of the game.
Running towards the corner flag at the Parc des Princes in Paris, a supporter threw a banana onto the pitch which landed near the feet of the 25-year-old star, before Manchester United star Fred kicked it off the pitch.
Richarlison took to Twitter after the game, saying: “As long as it’s ‘blah blah blah’ and they don’t punish, it will continue like this, happening every day and everywhere. No time, bro!”
Speaking to the media after the game, the 25-year-old added: “I was talking about this with [Roberto] Firmino, saying that I think God did not allow me to see that because I don’t know what I could have done in the heat of the moment.
“May this fan be identified and punished. It’s hard, you see what happened to Vinicius Jr recently and now this, inside a stadium.
“May the authorities find and punish him. May this incident teach other people not to do it.”
But he wasn’t the only one outraged by the incident, with Spurs coach Conte urging the authorities to act.
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Speaking at a press conference ahead of Tottenham’s clash at Arsenal, Conte said: “Richy played with the national team, scored a goal and then what happened is incredible because in 2022 to be witnessing this type of situation is embarrassing for everybody.
“For sure I hope this person can be banned from football for the rest of their life but then it is a situation that is very disappointing to make a comment about this.
“I want to take the best part of the game from Richy and he scored two goals, three goals and he enjoyed to play with Brazil.”
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