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Player racially abused

Sunday, March 09, 2014

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Fans yelled racist insults at a Brazilian footballer being interviewed by reporters after a match, the latest case of racism to hit the country that will host the World Cup in a few months.

Santos midfielder Arouca, who played for Brazil's national team last year, was on the field talking to reporters after his team's 5-2 win in the Sao Paulo state championship on Friday when some fans in the stands called him "monkey."

The insults came a day after a referee said he was targeted by racist fans before and after a match, and less than a month after another Brazilian player was insulted in a Copa Libertadores game in Peru.

"It's better to block that out, better not to listen to these people, if you can actually call them people," said the 27-year-old Arouca, who scored one of Santos' goals in the interior city of Mogi Mirim.

"It's hard to talk about what is happening these days. It's tough, but we know it happens, not only in football.

"I just hope someone can do something serious about it because it's lamentable."

Brazil has been making headlines for the wrong reasons as it tries to get ready for the World Cup.

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