Rio de Janeiro: After an episode in Peru earlier this year in which Peruvian soccer fans subjected a Brazilian player to racial abuse by imitating the sounds of monkeys, President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil swiftly pledged a "World Cup against racism," declaring, "Sports should be no place for prejudice." (Zuniga a Coward: Silva)
Yet when Brazil's top player, Neymar, broke a vertebra when he was kneed in the back during a match on Friday by a Colombian player, the torrent of racist insults against the Colombian, Juan Camilo Zuniga showed how far the host of the World Cup remains from achieving that goal. (FIFA to Take no Action on Zuniga)
Expressing fury over Neymar's injury, which sidelined him for the rest of the tournament, some Brazilians took to social media, including Twitter and Instagram, to express their rage against Zuniga with racial slurs.