Brazil to Play Guinea, Senegal in Anti-racism Campaign in Support of Vinicius Junior

Brazil will play friendlies against two African nations as part of an anti-racism campaign in support of their Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr., who was racially abused in Spanish league games this season, the Brazilian FA (CBF) said on Friday.

The five-time world champions will face Guinea in Barcelona on June 17 and Senegal three days later in Lisbon.

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The CBF has also launched a national campaign against racism in Brazilian league matches starting this weekend, after 22-year-old Vinicius Junior suffered in Sunday’s LaLiga match at Valencia, the 10th episode against a player that LaLiga has reported. Prosecutors this season.

With the slogan “No sport with racism”, the CBF aims to extend the fight that began in 2022 under its new president Ednaldo Rodrigues, who has pushed football authorities and Brazil’s justice system for changes in laws that impose tougher punishments against racism. in stadiums.

“We want Brazil to lead the fight against racism worldwide,” Rodrigues told Reuters in an interview on March.

The CBF worked closely with Vinicius Jr on the details surrounding the two friendlies as they wanted to ensure the player was comfortable with matches in Iberia and the Real Madrid winger supported the idea.

CBF is still looking for a new national team manager, Brazil will again be coached by caretaker Ramon Menez, who will skip the Under-20s for one day during the World Cup currently being played in Argentina and will be announced on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. Janeiro squad for Barcelona and Lisbon friendlies.

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Rodriguez told Reuters in March that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti would be the obvious choice for the vacant Brazil post if he was available at the end of the European season.

However, last week the Italian said he would honor the final year of his contract at the prestigious Santiago Bernabeu.

(This story has not been edited by News 18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – Reuters)