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RFEF announces a friendly between Brazil and Spain to combat racism

Spain has revealed plans for a friendly encounter against Brazil at the Santiago Bernabeu in late March, with the primary goal of promoting “anti-racism” in the country.

Spain has witnessed several incidents of racism in football, with players such as Vinicius Jr, Dani Alves, Eder Militao, and others facing racist insults on the field.

In response, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and La Liga have initiated measures against supporters who engage in racist behavior. The latest anti-racism campaign involves organizing a friendly match with Brazil at Real Madrid’s stadium.

The upcoming friendly has been promoted with the tagline “the same skin” as a powerful message against racism. This match between two footballing powerhouses, Spain and Brazil, is expected to showcase stars such as Vinicius Jr, Raphinha, Endrick, Militao, and other talented players. The scheduled date for this friendly encounter is March 26, taking place just three days after Brazil’s friendly against England at the iconic Wembley Stadium.

There is an ongoing court hearing in Spain following an incident where Vinicius and Militao were subjected to harassment by a group of Valencia fans at the Mestalla during Real Madrid’s visit to face Los Che in July 2023. The hearing is still in progress, and several prominent football figures have been involved in the proceedings.

The Spanish Federation faced significant criticism for sexism and harassment when, after their women’s team won the FIFA Women’s World Cup, then-president Luis Rubiales kissed forward Jenni Hermoso without her consent. In an effort to generate positive coverage and address these issues, the Federation is aiming to promote an “anti-racism” initiative through events like the upcoming friendly match against Brazil.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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