Paulo Moura – 05/24/2022 9:38 am | updated on 05/24/2022 09:52
Narrator Sérgio Maurício apologized on social media after a video in which he appeared calling Flamengo fans “tough” and “favelados” had strong repercussions on the internet. A Botafogo fan, Sérgio said that the moment was an “improper joke” he made with Band coordinator Fred Sabino during the Formula 1 broadcast.
– I played a prank on a coordinator Fred Sabino, and this one took a disproportionate size, as we were streaming behind the scenes on YouTube. I saw a Botafogo flag and wanted to register it, as a Botafogo native that I am. The next moment, I made a joke that at no time was intended to belittle, discrimination or any other racist interpretation – he declared.
The narrator also apologized for “sincere apologies” to Flamengo and the club’s fans and stated that the moment was just “pure and simply a joke”.
“It was just an inappropriate joke. I would like to ask my friends and Clube de Regatas do Flamengo my sincere apologies. Apologies to this passionate crowd, it was pure and simply a joke that we usually do there. I have dozens and dozens of flamengo friends. I think it’s one of the biggest clubs in the world, and I sincerely apologize.”
ABOUT THE CASE
During the coverage of Formula 1 in Band, last Sunday (22), Sérgio Maurício said he saw a Botafogo flag at the racetrack. Then, he pointed out that flamenguistas would not have the money to follow a Formula 1 race in person because they are “tough and favelados”.
– For everything I see a Botafogo flag there, friend. For everything, friend! It’s a mirage or I really saw the Botafogo flag. (…) Then my heart breaks. Go to hell. See if there’s a flamengo player there? All hard and slumped. (…) Not crazy – he said.
On Twitter, the General and Legal Vice President of Flamengo, Rodrigo Dunshee, reacted.
– It is unacceptable that a journalist who makes a living from the sport treat Flamengo fans in a prejudiced, inelegant way and totally out of technical and social standard. Before considering any legal action, we have to wait for Bandsports and Band to act – he replied.
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