In March 2024, Brazil will play a friendly against Spain at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu stadium as part of a campaign against racism in support of Brazilian international and Real Madrid forward Vincius Junior.
Real Madrid winger Vinicius Jr. suffered racism abuse last season against Valencia, and the club, together with some fans, has been hit with heavy punishment, including a stadium ban.
Speaking to the press as they joined the movement to combat racism,Brazil FA chief Ednaldo Rodrigues said racism should come to an end. “Fines are not enough. The clubs need to be held accountable too. The CBF was the first football federation to adopt harder sanctions for cases of racism, such as the deduction of points in league standings, the closure of stands, or the lifetime expulsion of club members. “We need to lead a campaign worldwide to fight against this virus in football,” he said.
Five-time world champions Brazil is currently in Europe in preparation for games against Guinea in Barcelona on Saturday and Senegal in Lisbon just three days later.