Guilherme Bellintani, head of a progressive football club from Brazil northeast expressed unease after seeing President Jair Bolsonaro’s shirt on Thursday.
Guilherme Bellintani expressed his unease feeling towards the President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday after seeing his team’s shirt won by the President on the same day the death toll of the country from the coronavirus hit 10 000.
Jair Bolsonaro wore Bahia’s red, white and blue striped shite while riding a jet ski on a lake in the capital Brasilia on Saturday.
“Of course, it was bad seeing the Bahia shirt linked to that moment,” Club president Guilherme Bellintani told a local radio station.
“But I can’t condemn the president of the republic. Our fans vote for A, B or C. I can’t condemn people specifically. I have to fight for causes and that is what Bahia have done.”
The first division club have won fans around the world with progressive campaigns aimed at fighting sexism and racism and wooing LGBT supporters.
Bolsonaro, who often wears football shirts in public, has consistently downplayed the coronavirus and this encouraged business to reopen.
Brazil’s coronavirus death toll hit 13 149 on Wednesday, the highest in Latin America.