Richarlison was the victim of racial abuse during Brazil’s 5-1 win against Tunisia in Paris on Tuesday evening.
The Tottenham forward scored the second of the Selecao’s five goals at Parc des Princes, but a banana was thrown at him from the stands during his celebrations.
The incident came after Brazil had posed with an anti-racism banner prior to kick-off which read: “Without our Black players, we wouldn’t have stars on our shirts.”
Following the match, Brazil’s football federation tweeted: “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.”
Richarlison also took to Twitter post-match, commenting: “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!”
The incident cast a dark cloud over what was otherwise a fine evening for Brazil. Two goals from Barcelona winger Raphinha, a penalty from a reinvigorated Neymar and one from Flamengo forward Pedro in addition to Richarlison’s strike capped off the Selecao’s pre-World Cup campaign and head to Qatar among the favourites.
Ben White leaves England World Cup squad due to ‘personal reasons’
Arsenal star Ben White has left England’s World Cup training camp and isn’t expected to return for the remainder of the tournament.
The defender didn’t make an appearance in any of the Three Lions group stage games, and has now left the squad due to ‘personal reasons’.
In a statement released by England, the Three Lions confirmed the news: “Ben White has left England’s training base in Al Wakrah and returned home for personal reasons.
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“The Arsenal defender is not expected to return to the squad for the remainder of the tournament. We ask that the player’s privacy is respected at this moment in time.”
White has enjoyed a fantastic domestic season with Arsenal, becoming the club’s first choice right-back – and one of the best right-backs in the Premier League – as the Gunners have gone from top four challengers to table-toppers.
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France, who have already secured a spot in the last 16 of the World Cup 2022, play Tunisia on Wednesday in their final Group D matchup.
In the meantime, the African nation is last in the standings and must defeat the current champions to advance to the knockout stages.
Poland XI (4-4-1-1): Szczesny; Bereszynski, Glik, Kiwior, Cash; Frankowski, Bielik, Krychowiak, Zielinski; Swiderski; Lewandowski
Argentina XI (4-3-3): Martínez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, Enzo Fernández, Mac Allister; Messi, Álvarez, Di María
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