Brazil leader receives soccer racism victims
14 March 2014, 10:44
Braslia - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday personally received Cruzeiro star Tinga as well as a referee after both were subjected to racist chants at recent games.
Rousseff has spoken out against racism in the game as Brazil prepares to host the World Cup and received Tinga at the presidential palace along with referee Marcio Chagas da Silva.
Tinga was subjected to foul chanting during a Copa Libertadores match against Garcilaso in Peru -- whose President Ollanta Humala condemned the racist behaviour.
Da Silva was also subjected to racist abuse at a match between Esportivo and Vereanopolis in a regional league which media said left him in tears.
Rousseff said such incidents "stained" the game's image in Brazil and later invited religious leaders to draw up anti-racist messages to be read out ahead of World Cup matches.