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Black soccer players routinely face racism, best evidenced by fans from opposing teams calling them monkeys and throwing bananas onto the field. If you thought the World Cup would be anymore civilized than ordinary matches, you’d be wrong. A neo-Nazi sympathizer took to the field during the Ghana-Germany match and that wasn’t the only offense found by Fare, the fans’ anti discrimination wing.
The man who interrupted Saturday’s match had “HH” written on his chest along with “SS”, which officials believe were meant to indicate Heil Hitler and a Nazi war unit.
“There would be no other explanation for it,” Fare executive director Piara Powar told The Associated Press. “The question becomes how does one control an individual fan who chooses to mark his body and jumps on the pitch to propagate his neo-Nazi views.”
Fare is preparing a report about the incident which will also include a mention of fans who were seen freely wearing blackface without ever being challenged or removed by security.
“We do not respect any discriminatory messages,” a FIFA spokesperson said on Sunday. “We are always taking any evidence or submissions to our disciplinary committee.”
“He came running, charged and jumped over the stewards,” Brazil’s organizing committee spokesman Saint-Clair Milesi explained. “Such behavior is totally unacceptable. He was taken to the local authorities for the proper measures.”
Powar said that those dressed in blackface appeared to be German fans and that the situation may’ve been better addressed had there been monitors available to help.