Once again, the spotlight is on Brazilian star Vinicius Junior, the Real Madrid player, not because of his goals, skills, or performance, but rather because he is a victim of widespread racism in European stadiums, which took place today in the Clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga.
The Madrid newspaper “Marca” said that a number of Barça fans, during the player’s substitution in the last minute of the match, insulted him and called him a monkey. The video published by the Spanish newspaper also showed an object resembling a banana, but it did not definitively decide this matter and indicated that it might be paper or something colored plastic. yellow.
🤬 This is unfortunate and has to stop NOW
Racist insults against Vinicius and even something that looks like a banana flying in a section of the Montjuïc stands pic.twitter.com/ZJQUY7F8Hx
— MARCA (@marca) October 28, 2023
But what Marca did not reveal, it appeared in other videos and pictures, showing “Vini” – who reached his 150th match with the Royal team – provoking the fans in the last minutes of the match, and the result indicated that the “Royal Club” led 2-1 and was late in leaving the match, forcing the Italian Carlo Ancelotti. To hold him in his hand, take him out, and take him to the bench.
Vinicius was taking too long to walk off the pitch after being substituted so Carlo Ancelotti took his hand and helped him off so the game could continue.
Too much 😂 pic.twitter.com/bsmI1ajkFs
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 28, 2023
Vinicius leaves the field applauding the stands. Ancelotti has to take it by the hand. pic.twitter.com/br93CNEFzt
— Abraham P. Rosemary (@AbrahamRomero_) October 28, 2023
A video and photos also spread of the Brazilian international getting into a verbal argument with the Spanish Barcelona coach, Xavi, but the latter downplayed the incident and said, “It was a gesture of affection, and I respect him.”
The Seville club withdrew a fan’s card and prevented him from entering the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium during the match that ended in a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid last Saturday in La Liga, on the grounds of directing a racist insult and imitating the movements of a monkey in reference to Vinicius.
It is not possible for La Liga to be so conniving and not take action, what is happening with Vinicius Jr. is simply absurd.
Once again the Brazilian player is a victim of racism in Spain. Enough, enough… pic.twitter.com/On47LE5bl1
— LIBERTA DEPRE (@liberta___depre) October 21, 2023
The Brazilian international played 88 minutes of the match, which saw the “Merengue” draw 1-1 with the Andalusian team.
British news agency PA Media reported that Vinicius revealed on social media that he was subjected to racist abuse during the match, which was confirmed by the Andalusian team.
Sevilla announced – in a statement – that “after revealing racist and xenophobic behavior, a member of the public was identified, removed from the stadium, and handed over to the legal authorities.”
“The person will also be subject to the club’s strict internal disciplinary protocols and his membership will be cancelled,” the club added.
The Spanish Football League at the time demanded a legislative amendment to gain greater power to punish clubs whose fans are found guilty of racist violations.
Vinicius also stressed the need for change in light of Spain’s efforts at the time to obtain the right to host the 2030 World Cup with Portugal and Morocco.
Vinicius Junior said – last Sunday on social media – “Congratulations to Sevilla for taking a position quickly, even though imposing a penalty is another sad episode in Spanish football.”
He added, “Unfortunately, I saw a video clip of another racist behavior in the match on Saturday (yesterday), and the one who did it this time was a child. It is very sad that no one taught her.”
He continued, “I hope that the Spanish authorities will do their part and change the legislation at once for the sake of everyone. These people must be criminally punished… This will be a huge step in preparing to organize the 2030 World Cup.”
He concluded, “Sorry for the repetition, but this is the 19th individual episode, and the counting is still going on.”
Last May, Real Madrid filed a lawsuit for directing racist abuse at its young player after he was subjected to racist chants during the Valencia-Royal Club match on May 23.
⏯️ Details of what happened with Vinicius in the Valencia match
▪️ Abdulaziz Al-Sulaiti: An entire season while Vinicius is exposed to racism.
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) May 22, 2023
That day, referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoczka sent off the Brazilian player in stoppage time, after he assaulted the Valencia player who was holding his neck.
Vinicius complained – before the expulsion – that he was subjected to racist chants from Valencia fans, which led to the match being stopped for 10 minutes, with him referring to the people who chanted against him. Vinicius also threatened to leave the field during the second half of the match, after fans targeted him by imitating monkey sounds.
The video referee who recommended the expulsion of striker Vini Jr., Ignacio Villanueva, was removed from the next round of the Spanish Championship. Villanueva could still be fired from the Spanish federation; the argument is that the judge was partial in suggesting the expulsion #LiveCNNBrasil pic.twitter.com/fhduPzovM2
— CNN Brasil (@CNNBrasil) May 23, 2023
But the Spanish Football Federation canceled the expulsion of the Brazilian international, fined Valencia 45,000 euros, and closed the Mario Kempes South Stand at the Mestalla Stadium for 5 matches.
At the time, Spanish police arrested 7 people, facing charges of committing a hate crime.
Dozens of protesters also gathered to demonstrate in front of the Spanish Consulate in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, following the recent racist abuse against the Brazilian international.
The newspaper “Folha de São Paulo” reported yesterday evening, Tuesday, that participants in the demonstration chanted the phrase “La Liga racism” and demanded action by the Spanish government.
Banners were raised bearing the words “Vinicius Junior, we are with you” and “This is not football, this is racism.”
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