Brazil to play two anti-racism friendlies against Guinea and Senegal

FOOTBALL Brazil to play two anti-racism friendlies against Guinea and Senegal

Kiplagat Sang 21:33 - 27.05.2023

The matches have been lined up for June and will be played in Europe.

Five-time world champions Brazil have lined up two anti-racism friendlies against Senegal and Guinea in support of Vinicius Jr.

The matches will be staged in support of the Selecao forward, who was recently subjected to racial abuse in Valencia.

During a LaLiga match between Real Madrid and Valencia, Vinicius was not only subjected to racial slurs but was also sent off.

The Selecao will first play against Guinea in Barcelona on Saturday, June 17 before a match against African champions Senegal three days later in Lisbon.

The Brazilian FA has launched a national campaign against racism in the Brazilian league starting this weekend.

The recent racial abuse against Vinicius is the 10th such case against the player that LaLiga has reported to prosecutors this season.

The campaign runs with ‘There is no game with racism’ slogan as the federation aims to extend the fight started in 2022 under its new president, Ednaldo Rodrigues.

Rodrigues pushed for changes in legislation that saw the football authorities and the Brazilian justice system apply more severe punishments against racism in stadiums.

"We want Brazil to lead the fight against racism worldwide," Rodrigues told Reuters in a recent interview.

It is further reported that the FA worked closely with the Real Madrid forward in order to make sure that the 22-year-old was comfortable with the two friendlies to be held in Iberia, according to a Reuters report.

The world giants are yet to appoint Tite’s successor, and so caretaker Ramon Menezes will be in charge of the two friendlies.