Black Footballers Playing In Brazil Have Been Victims Of Racism

The survey, based on information collected anonymously from 163 black players in the top four divisions of Brazilian football, shows that 48.1% of those surveyed have experienced racism in their sport.

For 92.4% of them, the episode of racism took place in a stadium, 6.3% in the facilities of their club and 1.3% in a hotel.

We, the players, are doing what we can, what is within our reach, to make it stop. But this responsibility mainly falls to the federations

But 87.8% of these footballers claim not to have denounced the acts of racism of which they were victims.

With regard to the measures to be adopted to combat this scourge, 39% of those polled consider that the perpetrators of acts of racism should be punished, 27.7% recommend the implementation of educational campaigns and 19.5% would like the clubs are sanctioned.

Brazil, of which 54% of the population is black or mestizo, is far from being spared from the problems of racism in stadiums, where scandals are increasing.

On Sunday, a video showed an Atlético Mineiro supporter in Belo Horizonte attacking a black steward shouting: “don’t touch me, look at your skin color!”

Brazilian footballers are also frequently victims of racism abroad.

Also on Sunday, Shakhtar Donetsk captain Taison was the target of racist shouts from Dynamo Kiev supporters and the referee then kicked him out for sending the ball to the stands.

The player left the lawn crying, comforted by players from his Shakhtar and Dynamo teams.

Monday, William, a black Chelsea player who played for Shakhtar (2013-2017), was moved by the situation of his compatriot during a press conference of the Brazilian selection.

“Racism continues to claim lives, not only in football, but in other areas as well. It makes us really uncomfortable to see players cry, I hope it will end once and for all, “he said.

We, the players, are doing what we can, what is within our reach, to make it stop. But this responsibility belongs above all to the federations

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