The Brazil Football Federation (CBF) has hit back at fans for directing racist abuse at Selecao midfielder, Fernandinho and his family following their 2-1 loss to Belgium in their quarter- final fixture at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The Manchester City man put through his own net in the first half before Kevin De Bruyne struck as Brazil were dumped out at the quarter-final stage of the World Cup.
And on Sunday, Brazil’s governing body made their feelings known regarding the horrific abuse, taking to Instagram to release a strong statement in defence of Fernandinho.
“The CBF repudiates the racist attacks suffered by Fernandinho and his family,” the Brazilian football governing body stated.
“Football represents the union of colours, genres, cultures and people. We are with you. Racists will not pass!”
Several internet users referred to the Premier League star as a ‘monkey,’ while some even threatened to kill him after Brazil’s 2-1 defeat to Belgium.
The player’s wife, Rosa Glaucia, also found her Instagram account full of insults. ‘Your husband’s (screw up) ruined everything,’ was one comment.
Fernandinho’s mother had to close her Instagram account due to the heap of offensive comments on her profile.