By Natasha Everitt
Tottenham Hotspur have come out to support their forward Richarlison after he was racially abused whilst playing for Brazil.
The Spurs forward was on the scoresheet for his country as Brazil ran riot against Tunisia on Tuesday, with further goals from Raphinha, Neymar and Pedro sealing a 5-1 victory in their final game before this winter’s World Cup.
However, attention turned away from the football during and after the game, as Richarlison had a banana thrown at him after he found the net.
The Tottenham star put his side 2-1 up in the 19th minute at the Parc des Princes in Paris shortly after Tunisia equalised, and the incident occurred as he ran towards the corner flag to celebrate.
Now, Richarlison’s club, Tottenham, have responded to the incident with a strong statement of support.
“We are disgusted by the racist abuse of Richarlison at last night’s game between Brazil and Tunisia,” the club wrote on Twitter alongside a picture of the Brazilian in his country’s kit.
“This has no place in football, or anywhere.
“We stand with you, Richy.”
FIFA are also set to investigate into the incident.
Richarlison – who signed for the north London club in the summer – had taken to Twitter after the game to express his frustrations that football isn’t doing enough to tackle racism.
“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!” he said.
Speaking to the media following the match, 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.”
The Brazil Football Federation also issued a statement on social media condemning the racist abuse.
It read: “After Brazil’s second goal, a banana was thrown towards Richarlison. The CBF reinforces its stance against discrimination and vehemently repudiates yet another episode of racism in football.
“Whether on or off the field, attitudes like this cannot be tolerated.”