Brazil’s Bold Stand Against Racism: Abandons Iconic Yellow and Green Shirts
Brazil made a powerful statement against racist attacks when they decided to shun their iconic yellow and green shirts for an all-black strip on Saturday. This decision was made as a show of solidarity for their Real Madrid striker, Vinicius Junior, who has been targeted repeatedly by racist attacks this season.
The match was played at Espanyol’s 40,000 capacity stadium in Barcelona where Vinicius and his Real Madrid teammate, Rodrygo, led the forward line for Brazil. This was a historic moment for Brazil as it was the first time the team wore black, except for goalkeepers.
The Brazilian Football Confederation ensured the move was accompanied by the powerful slogan, “Com racismo nao tem jogo” (With racism, there is no game). This move was a bold and significant step towards combating racism in football and sending a clear message to the world.
This was not the only plan Brazil and Spanish football federations had up their sleeves. Earlier that week, they presented their plan for a friendly match at Santiago Bernabeu in March 2024 to combat racism, following global outrage at the abuse Vinicius Junior faced.
Brazil’s stand against racism speaks volumes about their commitment to inclusion and diversity, and the world is paying attention.