In a recent controversy, Spanish newspaper 'As' has come under fire for referring to Brazilian footballer Igor Paixao as a 'descendant of slaves' in an article leading up to a Champions League match between Atletico de Madrid and Feyenoord. This reference to Paixao's quilombola heritage was widely criticized as racially insensitive, sparking a strong backlash on social media. The incident has further highlighted the ongoing issue of racism within Spanish football, an issue recently spotlighted by multiple attacks on Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior.
Repercussions and Response
Following the negative reaction from fans, 'As' removed the contentious term from the article and issued a correction. This swift response, however, did little to quell the outrage, with many criticizing the newspaper's original use of the term as deeply inappropriate and insensitive.
Igor Paixao: Rising Star Amidst Controversy
Igor Paixao, 23, has been carving out a successful career in Europe, currently in his second season with Feyenoord. Paixao was first revealed by Coritiba, later loaned to Londrina, and then stood out in the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Following his impressive performance, he was sold for 8 million euros.
Broader Champions League News
Aside from the controversy surrounding 'As', the Champions League has seen a number of significant developments. These include a record set by a Norwegian striker, struggles faced by an English team, the qualification of a German team, challenges faced by Real Madrid without Vinicius Junior, the potential advancement of another English team, reactions to a draw by an attacker, a victory by a Ukrainian team, the first win for a Swiss team, the qualification of another German team, and a last-minute penalty in a match between English and Parisian teams.