More racism. More banana’s. That’s what happened on Sunday afternoon after Brazilian wonder kid Neymar accused the Scottish spectators of racially abusing him when he was felled for the penalty leading up to Brazil’s second goal and after the match he said:
“I feel great and scored two but what happened with the banana is sad,” Neymar said. “I don’t want to make a big deal of it. I was running down the touch-line in the second half and saw it but I didn’t see where it came from.”
He also said that:
“They were jeering me a lot, even when I was about to kick the penalty.“The entire stadium was jeering. This atmosphere of racism is totally sad. We leave our country to play here and something like this happens. It’s sad. I’d rather not even talk about it, to keep the subject from escalating.”
Reformed Brazil star Lucas Leiva also targeted the matter in his post-match comments as he stated that:
“There is no more space for racism in the world.“They say it’s the first world here in Europe, but it’s where it happens the most. That has to change.
“Everybody is equal today. It’s a matter of respect.”
In my opinion, this has been going on far too long. Its ridiculous. Yet, I still don’t know why they choose to taunt the players with banana’s. Is there something I’ve missed there? Odd taunt, that.