Harry Kane has called on FIFA to take strong action after his Tottenham teammate Richarlison was subject to racist abuse during Brazil’s win over Tunisia on Tuesday.
Richarlison put in two impressive displays for Brazil during the international break, scoring three goals and providing an assist in the wins over Ghana and Tunisia.
However, the clash against the North African side at Parc des Princes on Tuesday was marred by ugly scenes. When the Tottenham man wheeled off to celebrate after restoring Brazil’s lead, he had a banana thrown at him by the crowd.
The 25-year-old took to social media after the game to assert that things will not change if the authorities do not enforce strong punishments for these kinds of actions.
FIFA have stated that they have zero tolerance for any racist abuse and confirmed that they will be launching an investigation into the incident (Sky Sports Football Daily).
Kane has now spoken about the incident, admitting that the ugly scenes in Paris was disappointing to watch.
The England captain told ESPN Brasil: “First of all, Richy is a great guy, I get on very well with him. Works really hard, really professional. Obviously, he’s been great for us this season. So I’m really happy to have him on our team.
“Obviously, last night it was really disappointing to see. I haven’t seen Richy, haven’t had another chance to talk to him about it. But FIFA came out and said they’re going to investigate and try to find out what happened. But ultimately it’s not acceptable.
“I think we’re all doing as much as we can as players, as footballers, as stars, to kick out as much as possible. Hopefully, FIFA will be strong and find out who’s done that and make sure the right consequences are made.”
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Given the number of cameras in football stadiums these days, it should not be too difficult to identify the perpetrator. Let us hope that is done swiftly and that the perpetrator is handed a lifetime ban from attending any football match.
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