‘I called him a s***!’: Richarlison reveals angry text he sent to Pedro Bravo after the agent used racist ‘monkey’ slur when talking about Vinicius Jnr… as Tottenham forward joins Pele and Neymar in showing his support to Brazil team-mate
- Tottenham forward Richarlison sent Pedro Bravo a text after his racist comment
- He revealed after Spurs’ 6-2 win that he called the Spanish football agent ‘a s***’
- The Brazilian added that he hopes his compatriot scores in the Madrid derby
- Neymar and Pele have both taken to social media to support the Real Madrid star
Richarlison sent an expletive text message to Pedro Bravo after he directed a racial slur at Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jnr for his celebration dance.
The Spurs forward revealed the message he sent the Spanish football agent after his side’s 6-2 demolition of Leicester on Saturday, claiming to have called Bravo a ‘s***’ for his racial abuse of the former Everton man’s compatriot.
Bravo – who is the President of the Spanish Agents association – told Vinicius Jr to ‘stop playing the monkey’ after Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Mallorca on the controversial El Chiringuito TV programme before later retracting his statement.
Richarlison has revealed an angry message he sent to Pedro Bravo after his racist comments
A Spanish agent told Vinicius Jr to ‘stop playing the monkey’ live on El Chringuito TV
Richarlison told ESPN after Saturday’s match: ‘Boring situation, right? I even texted that guy over there who talked bullshit to him on the show.
‘But that he can have fun like he’s been doing and I’ll hope he scores a goal.’
Richarlison called the Spanish football agent ‘a s***’
‘I called him a s***… but that he can solve this as soon as possible and don’t miss it.’
The brazen show of support for his compatriot comes just three months after an alleged bust up in an international training session between the pair, as Brazil prepared for a friendly against Japan.
Footage showed the forwards coming to blows in a heated exchange, with senior squad members Neymar and Dani Alves rushing to separate them.
And though it is unclear whether there is a grudge remaining beneath the surface, Richarlison’s comments prove that some things are more important than any feud between the pair.
Having scored the second in Real’s 4-1 comeback win at home to Mallorca last Sunday, Vinicius took to the corner flag to perform his now well-oiled dance routine, which inexplicably drew criticism from Bravo.
Outraged at seeing dancing ‘criminalised’ by a figure on TV, Vinicius Jnr released a video where he said he has no plans to stop in the face of abuse.
‘They say that happiness bothers,’ Vinicius said in a video posted to social media.
‘The happiness of a victorious black Brazilian in Europe bothers much more.
‘But my desire to win, my smile and the sparkle in my eyes are much bigger than that.
‘You can’t even imagine it. I was a victim of a xenophobic and racist comment. But none of that started yesterday.’
Richarlison and Vinicius were caught up in a training ground bust up only three months ago
Brazilian icons Neymar and Pele were among those to show their support for the star, with Neymar telling his team-mate to: ‘Dribble, dance and be yourself, happy to be who you are! Go for the top, my friend, we will dance on your next goal.’
Pele also took to Twitter shortly after the incident to support Vinicius. He wrote: ‘Football is joy. It’s a dance. It’s a real party.
‘Although racism still exists, we will not allow that to stop us from continuing to smile. And we will continue to fight racism this way: fighting for our right to be happy.’
Vinicius Jnr issued a video on social media responding to racist abuse aimed at his dancing