The player was arrested and later released on bail after making alleged racist comments during a soccer match in Brazil.
Rafael Ramos, a Portuguese player who represents the Brazilian team Corinthians, was arrested after a heated exchange with the Internacional Edenilson player during which he is accused of making racist comments on Saturday.
Ramos was booked by the referee after the two opposing players got together, but was later arrested by police after the game amid local media reports that he refused to apologize when confronted by Edenilson, leading to him to file a complaint with the authorities.
He was later released from police custody when Corinthians posted bail of just under $2,000.
Ramos is reportedly alleged to have called Edenilson mono.
The match referee stated that he did not hear the alleged insult, but Edenilson told him that an incident had occurred and recorded it in his official match report.
Brazilian soccer authorities are expected to carry out an investigation into the allegations, after which police will continue to investigate.
Players from both teams were also expected to be asked to give testimony, while lip-reading experts would be brought in to examine video footage of the alleged incident.
In a post-match statement, Internacional said: “It is unacceptable that events of this type continue to occur in 2022, there is no room for racism in our society.”
In his own comments after his release, Ramos said the allegations were little more than a misunderstanding.
“I have a clear head to explain what happened. It was purely a misunderstanding between Edenilson and myself.”, he said, through translation.
“At the end of the game we had a quiet conversation, I explained to him what had happened, he explained what he had understood, which is not true. I explained the truth to him, we had a quiet conversation.
“He was afraid of pretending to be a liar, and I explained to him that he is not a liar, he just understood the words, he misunderstood what I said. That was it, we shook hands and I wished him good luck..”
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