Brazil to ban racist fans from World Cup
Football fans with a track record of racist abuse will be barred from entering Brazil during this year`s World Cup, the Brazilian government announced.
Aldo Rebelo, sports minister on Tuesday (25 March) warned international fans would be vetted when entering the country while Brazilians guilty of previous race-based charges will be denied entry at stadiums.
“Those found guilty of racist offenses need to be severely punished,” Rebelo was quoted saying by Estado de S.Paulo.
“A fine is not enough. Racist fans need to be identified and banned from stadiums. We can`t allow Brazil to become a stage for racist protests during the World Cup.”
Rebelo`s comments come in the wake of a series of racist incidents to tarnish South American football.
Former Brazil international midfielders Arouca and Tinga have been targets for racist abuse in recent weeks while playing for Santos and Cruzeiro respectively.
Earlier this month Dilma Rousseff, Brazil President vowed to make the anti-racism message a theme of this year`s World Cup.
From Zee News