Brazil Wants to Ban Racism from Sports Fields

The Brazilian government will urge sports officials in Brazil and around the world to act to put a stop to manifestations of prejudice, racial discrimination, and xenophobia in soccer stadiums.

According to the executive secretary of the Special Presidential Secretariat of Policies for the Promotion of Racial Equality, Douglas Martins de Souza, a campaign will be launched in conjunction with the Ministry of Sports to deal with this theme in an educational manner.

The campaign will discourage attitudes that can be characterized as racist and to demonstrate the importance of ethno-racial ethics.

In a joint communication released yesterday, the Minister of Sports, Agnelo Queiroz, and Minister Matilde Ribeiro, of the Secretariat of Racial Equality, repudiated displays such as the one that occurred April 13 at Morumbi Stadium, in São Paulo, when Leandro Desábato, who plays for the Quilmes team of Argentina, insulted a player from the São Paulo team, Grafite, during a match.

When the game ended, police commissioner Oswaldo Gonçalves, who witnessed the provocation, ordered Desábato’s arrest on the grounds of defamation of character aggravated by racism.

In the note they regretted the incident, which they classified as grave. “It represents another step in the escalation of prejudice that is invading soccer stadiums all over the world,” they observe in the note.

The two Ministers contend that “the Argentinean’s racist attitude denies the values of equality, respect, and unity that sport promotes.”

Desábato was released today after his lawyers paid a US$ 3,850 (10,000 reais) bail and the player underwent a corpus delicti examination.

Agência Brasil


  • Show Comments (3)

  • lol

    🙂 😉 😀 😉 🙁 🙁 😮 8) 😛 :- :-* 😥 ne how ma

  • lol

    🙂 😉 😀 😉 🙁 🙁 😮 8) 😛 :- :-* 😥

  • Guest


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


You May Also Like

Only 4.5% of Brazil’s Bus Fleet Ready for Disabled

Brazil’s urban bus fleet will have to equip itself to serve the country’s more ...

Brazil Ponders What to Do in Face of Obama and World Crisis

The new United States administration and the world economic crisis prompt more questions than ...

US Can Work with Brazil’s Populism, Says Rice

United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice promised before the US Congress to resist ...

Obama Team Backs Free Trade Talks Among Brazil and Other LatAm Countries

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged Latin America to continue fighting poverty and ...

Brazil Catching Up to China on Leather Exports

Leather exports from Brazil should rise from the US$ 1.8 billion, recorded last year, ...

Despite US$ 2 Bi Surplus Brazil’s Foreign Debt Still US$ 203.5 Bi

In the month of January, Brazil’s balance of payments (summarizing the country’s economic transactions ...

Brazil President Tells UN She’d Rather Prevent Conflicts than Fight Them as the US Does

In the speech that opened the 66th United Nations General Assembly yesterday, president Dilma ...

Brazil and G4 Try New Push for UN Security Council Expansion

Brazil, Germany, Japan and India have submitted a resolution to the U.N. General Assembly ...

Sour Brazil-US Relations Couldn’t Spoil the Joy of Our Children’s Wedding

My son married a lovely Brazilian woman. Their friendship, romance and eventual nuptials extol ...

A World’s First: Brazil Shows Live NBA Games on Internet

The American National Basketball Association announced that a Brazilian Web portal will be the ...