MANCHESTER, England – When FIFA president Gianni Infantino traveled from Geneva to Paris to watch World Cup favorites Brazil in their final warm-up game before Qatar, he could not have expected to encounter such visual evidence of racism that the Football continues to suffer.
Not least because the sport’s world governing body disbanded its anti-racism task force – declaring it had “completely completed its interim mandate” – shortly after Infantino was appointed in 2016.
FIFA has implemented a detailed strategy to combat any form of discrimination, but Tuesday’s incident at the Parc des Princes, when a banana was thrown at Richarlison as he played in Brazil’s 5-1 win over Tunisia Celebrate the goal in the 19th minute. Just how much work still remains.
Striker He later tweeted: “As long as it’s ‘blah blah blah’ and they don’t punish it, it will continue like this, happening every day and everywhere. No time bro!”
In a statement, FIFA condemned the incident, saying: “First and foremost, FIFA strongly rejects all forms of racism and violence and has a very clear zero-tolerance stance against such behavior in football.
FIFA will investigate the incident of yesterday’s match in Paris.
Earlier in the day, Infantino spoke in Geneva about issues related to human rights and their relationship with football with Federico Villegas of the United Nations.
Later, he saw first-hand the latest example of racism and discrimination, which creates such concerns in sports.
Prominent players have been abused online – but there have also been high-profile incidents in stadiums, with FIFA handing Hungary a two-match stadium ban and a fine of around $205,000 after England players at the World Cup Faced with racial abuse during qualifiers. Budapest last September.
UEFA also banned Hungary for discriminatory behavior during Euro 2020.
This begs the question, will there be similar events at FIFA’s showpiece event in Qatar?
The FARE Network, an anti-discrimination organization that works with FIFA and UEFA to investigate cases of discriminatory behavior by fans, does not believe there is any particular cause for concern at World Cup stadiums. But CEO Piara Pawar says “international football has a big problem.”
“Right-wing and racist banners will be watched very closely in Qatar. They will be removed within minutes,” Pawar told The Associated Press. “There will be special analysts in security boxes. A lot of people will be looking for these things.
FARE has contacted FIFA regarding the Richarlison incident.
“Taking a banana and throwing it at a black player after scoring a goal is an interesting act,” added Powar. “When we are reminded of what this action means – it is inhumane.”
Richarlison’s tweet indicated his lack of confidence in football officials to deal with racism.
On Wednesday, his club, Tottenham, expressed their support for the forward.
“We are deeply saddened by Richarlison’s racist abuse during last night’s match between Brazil and Tunisia.” “This has no place in football or anywhere else. We stand with you, Amir.”
Former Chelsea player Paul Canovelli suffered racial abuse from his club’s fans during his career – and believes today’s star will eventually take drastic measures in protest.
“It’s hard to hear about racism,” he told the AP. “The reality is that it happens all over the world. Racism is a big problem in football and a big problem in society.
“When I was hot I heard fans call me monkey and throw bananas. It tells me I’m an animal.
“Players are going to walk off the field. It’s going to be a statement. I can see that. It’s going to be a team with black players saying, ‘Enough is enough.’ Why should I play in such conditions?’
“Some people think it’s giving up. I don’t think it’s giving up – it’s standing.”