Police: No reports of racist taunts against Neymar
London police received no official reports of racist taunts at
Sunday’s exhibition between Brazil and Scotland despite complaints
by Neymar that he had been targeted by fans.
Neymar scored both goals in Brazil’s 2-0 win and said jeers he
received from Scottish fans had been racially motivated.
A Scotland fan group has said any jeers were in response to what
fans saw as the Santos striker faking injury, and the Scottish
Football Association joined in refuting suggestions of racism.
The officer in charge of police at the Emirates Stadium, where
the match was played, backed the Scotland fans.
”The Scottish fans’ behavior was first class,” match commander
Mark Sheeran said Monday. ”There were no issues at all inside the
A banana was also thrown from the crowd, landing next to a
huddle of Brazil players as they celebrated Neymar’s 77th-minute
penalty with the 19-year-old striker.
But the banana – a fruit sometimes hurled by racist fans at
black players – was apparently thrown from the North Stand of the
Emirates Stadium occupied by Brazil fans.
The 11,500 members of the Scotland Supporters Club at the match
were located in the South Stand.
”The Scottish FA has contacted the Brazilian football
federation and the match organizers, Kentaro, to inform them of our
information and of our supporters’ unhappiness at the unfounded
accusations,” the SFA said in a statement.
Supporters did jeer Neymar for much of the match. They thought
he had faked injury following an apparently innocuous first-half
clash with Scotland midfielder Scott Brown.
Neymar’s on-field treatment held up play and he was then slow in
making his way to the sideline as the referee tried to restart
”The reason Neymar was booed was because we believed he was
feigning injury during the course of the game,” said Hamish
Husband, spokesman for Scotland fan group Association of Tartan
Army Clubs. ”Racism has no place within the Tartan Army and if it
did exist it would be stamped out immediately as we are self