Richarlison: Tottenham striker racially abused with banana as Brazil defeated Tunisia in a friendly in Paris

FIFA has launched an investigation after Tottenham forward Richarlison was racially abused during Brazil's friendly win over Tunisia in Paris on Tuesday.

The incident happened as the former Everton striker ran towards the corner flag to celebrate scoring his team's second goal in a 5-1 victory at Parc des Princes.

Manchester United midfielder Fred was seen kicking the banana away, while other objects were thrown onto the pitch.

On Wednesday, FIFA, the world's governing body of football, issued a statement saying, "First and foremost, FIFA strongly rejects any form of racism and violence and has a very clear zero tolerance stance against such behavior in football."

"FIFA will look into the incident that occurred during yesterday's game in Paris."

Prior to the game, Brazil posed for photos with an anti-racism banner that read, 'Without our black players, we wouldn't have stars on our shirts.'

The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) later issued a statement on Twitter condemning Richarlison's abuse and demanding harsh punishment.

"After Brazil's second goal, a banana was thrown towards Richarlison," it read. The CBF reiterates its anti-discrimination stance and strongly condemns yet another instance of racism in football.

"Attitudes like this cannot be tolerated, on or off the field."

Racism, according to Richarlison, will continue if no punishment is meted out. "As long as they keep saying 'blah blah blah' and don't punish, it'll keep happening every day and in every corner," he added.

Thiago Silva, a Brazilian defender, also condemned the act. "I was saddened by their gesture because that is not football," he explained. "Football is about rooting for your team. Following that, on the field, we try to give our all for our national team. But such gestures are not good for football."

Ednaldo Rodrigues, president of the CBF: "I've returned to the public eye to express my displeasure. I saw it with my own eyes this time. This astounds us. We must never forget that we are all the same, regardless of skin color, race, or religion.

"Racism is not a cause, but a fundamental [battle for] change to eradicate this type of crime from the planet. I am adamant that the penalties be increased.

Richarlison's goal put Brazil back in front after Montassar Talbi equalized Raphinha's opener. After Tunisia's Dylan Bronn was sent off, Neymar added a penalty, Raphinha added his second, and Pedro completed the scoring.