Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has been the victim of racial abuse in the wake of Brazil’s World Cup exit at the hands of Belgium on Friday.
The 33-year-old was one of several poor performers for the Seleção, with his own goal singling him out for extreme criticism from angry Brazil fans.
According to UOL Esporte, Fernandinho’s social media accounts (Twitter and Instagram) have been bombarded with abuse since the game, including racially fueled attacks. The player has been called a ‘monkey’ among other things by furious supporters.
It is the second World Cup running which has ended in upset for the two-time Premier League winner, as he was part of the Brazil side that was beaten 7-1 at the 2014 World Cup at the hands of Germany.
Fernandinho will now head off for his summer holiday before returning belatedly, like other Blues at the World Cup, for pre-season training.