brazil football
Some of the cooperation with foreign authorities could also come via Brazil’s federal police. Representational image. AfricaImages/Gettyimages

In its 109-year history, the Brazilian men's national team wore an all-black kit for the first time. It was during a friendly match against Guinea in Spain on Saturday as part of the Brazil team's anti-racism campaign.

Before the match in Barcelona, players from both teams either took a knee or they sat down on the Espanyol stadium's pitch and observed one minute's silence, reported CNN.

Brazil played the first 45 minutes of the match wearing black shorts, shirts and socks. The team members wore their traditional yellow jerseys after the break.

On the front of the shirts, the slogan of the campaign, "Com Racismo nao tem jogo" was displayed. It means, "With racism, there is no game."

The slogan is part of the Brazilian Federation's campaign to end racism in football and society, a statement from the Federation said on Saturday. It has the support of FIFA, which is the sport's world governing body.

In May, the Real Madrid forward Vinícius Jr. was subjected to racist abuse while he was playing at the Mestalla Stadium. He has been the target of racist abuse multiple times in Spain, according to BBC.

Earlier in June, seven men were punished for acts of racism towards the footballer.

On Thursday, FIFA President Gianni Infantino visited the Brazilian delegation. He announced his full support for the campaign against racism.

According to Reuters, Brazil beat Guinea 4-1 on Saturday as Vinícius Jr., Joelinton, Rodrygo and Eder Militao scored for their team.

Newcastle midfielder Joelinton made his debut in the Brazil team and made the first score.

Rodrygo scored the second goal. But Guinea's Serhou Guirassy pulled a goal back before half-time.

After the break, defender Militao netted Brazil's third goal in the 47th minute then Vinícius scored his penalty.

For the first time, Vinícius wore the No. 10 jersey. It is the number that used to be worn by the great Pele.

FIFA said on Thursday that Infantino invited Vinícius to be part of a FIFA anti-racism committee with players. They will help to suggest a course of action to deal with discriminatory behavior in football.

On Tuesday, his team will play its next friendly match against Senegal in Lisbon, Portugal.

© 2023 Latin Times. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.