Brazil FA backs Fernandinho following Racist Attacks over own-goal during Belgium defeat

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The Brazilian FA has thrown its full weight behind midfielder Fernandinho after the player came under attack from fans following Brazil’s exit from the World Cup.

Fernandinho turn in the ball into his own net to hand Belgium the opening goal in the 2-1 quarter-final defeat and has since become the target of racist attacks on social media and death threats.

“The CBF repudiates the racist attacks suffered by Fernandinho and his family,” the FA’s statement said.

“Football represents the union of colours, genres, cultures and people. We are with you. Racists will not pass!”

Fernandinho was a substitute for Brazil’s first four matches in Russia but started against Belgium due to Casemiro’s suspension.

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