A couple of things to make clear. The majority of the booing of Neymar appeared the result of some theatrics on the youngster’s behalf, something he has become known for, also if you watch where the banana is retrieved from is in fact the end seemingly accommodating Brazil fans? Clearly if there was racist abuse at the game then it’s appalling but it is an issue that is never usually associated with Scottish supporters who are generally considered some of the best in the world.
Brazil striker Neymar is at the centre of a racism row after saying a banana was thrown at him during the 2-0 friendly win over Scotland.
A Brazilian press officer confirmed a banana had been thrown on the pitch.
“This atmosphere of racism is totally sad,” Neymar told a Brazilian TV station. “We leave our country to play here and something like this happens.”
But the Scottish FA said: “There has been no such incident reported to the police or the stadium safety officer.”
The spokesman added: “In fact, the tens of thousands of Scotland supporters who travelled to the Emirates were commended for their behaviour.
“The Scotland supporters are known the world over for their impeccable behaviour and we have no reason to believe that, after speaking to the relevant authorities, they have been anything other than exemplary.
“The Scotland fans helped create a wonderful spectacle inside the Emirates and throughout London and should be applauded for their support.”
Neymar, who scored both of Brazil’s goals at the Emirates Stadium and is a reported target for many leading European clubs, made it three goals in three games for Brazil in a very one-sided affair in London.
But a memorable day for the 19-year-old was soured by the incident involving the banana.
Neymar had been booed by Scotland fans after a lengthy spell of treatment for a first half injury, but it is not certain who threw the banana as the fruit apparently came from a section of the ground largely populated by Brazilian supporters.
“They were jeering me a lot, even when I was about to kick the penalty the entire stadium was jeering,” added Neymar.
“It’s sad. I would rather not even talk about it, to keep the subject from escalating.”
He later added that he had not see the banana being thrown but saw it on the ground next to him as he was near the touchline.
“I’m not going to worry about it too much,” said the striker.
“It was a marvellous day and certainly one to remember.” (BBC Sport)