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Football: Racism daily scourge for Brazilian shot-stopper

Published on Mar 24, 2014 6:04 AM
Goalkeeper Jefferson of Brazil's Botafogo says "It is sad, but you get prejudice," in Brazilian football. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Racism is a daily scourge in Brazil, even if you're a top footballer, says Botafogo goalkeeper Jefferson.

"It is sad, but you get prejudice," Brazil international Jefferson told O Dia newspaper.

"We can't hide its existence - you feel it sometimes getting on the bus or the metro.

"A black person suffers discrimination if he asks what time it is in the street," charged the 31-year-old, who is reserve goalkeeper to Julio Cesar.

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