Richarlison has banana thrown at him during Brazil vs Tunisia game

Richarlison with banana - Richarlison has banana thrown at him during Brazil vs Tunisia game - Twitter
Richarlison with banana - Richarlison has banana thrown at him during Brazil vs Tunisia game - Twitter

Tottenham forward Richarlison had a banana thrown at him as he was racially abused during Brazil's friendly win over Tunisia in Paris on Tuesday.

The incident occurred as the former Everton striker ran towards the corner flag to celebrate scoring his side's second goal in their 5-1 win at the Parc des Princes.

Prior to the game, five-time world champions Brazil team had posed for photographs with an anti-racism banner which read, "Without our black players, we wouldn't have stars on our shirts".

The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) later issued a statement on the Richarlison incident via Twitter.

It read: "Unfortunately a banana was thrown on the pitch towards Richarlison, scorer of the second Brazilian goal. The CBF reinforces its position to combat racism and repudiates any manifestation of prejudice."

CBF president Ednaldo Rodrigues added: "Once again, I come publicly to express my rejection. This time I saw it with my own eyes. This shocks us. We must always remember that we are all the same, regardless of colour, race or religion.

"The fight against racism is not a cause, but a fundamental [battle for] change to wipe this type of crime from the planet. I insist on saying that the punishments need to be more severe."

Richarlison's goal put Brazil back ahead after Montassar Talbi cancelled out Raphinha's opener. Neymar added a penalty, Raphinha claimed his second and Pedro wrapped up the scoring after Tunisia had Dylan Bronn sent off.

Earlier this month, Real Madrid's Vinicius Jr – who appeared as a substitute against Tunisia – was subject to racist abuse in a game against Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Footage from outside the ground showed some supporters targeting the player with racist abuse, with monkey chants also audible when the Brazilian was on the ball in the game. This appeared to continue throughout the game. Real Madrid won the game against their rivals 2-1.

In the days before the game, Vinicius was criticised by agent Pedro Bravo – appearing on a Spanish football show – for supposedly disrespecting his opponents with his celebrations.

Vinicius then responded to the criticism in a video on social media.

"They say that happiness bothers," he said. "The happiness of a victorious black Brazilian in Europe bothers much more.

"But my desire to win, my smile and the sparkle in my eyes are much bigger than that. You can't even imagine it. I was a victim of a xenophobic and racist comment. But none of that started yesterday."

"Weeks ago they began to criminalise my dances. Dances that are not mine.

"They belong to Ronaldinho, Neymar, [Lucas] Paqueta, [Antoine] Griezmann, Joao Felix, Matheus Cunha... they belong to Brazilian funk and samba artists, reggaeton singers, and black Americans. Those are dances to celebrate the cultural diversity of the world. Accept it, respect it. I'm not going to stop."