Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr faces terrible racial abuse in Spanish La Liga match vs Valencia at the Mestalla Stadium

Real Madrid’s prolific Brazilian winger Vinicius Jr. is in the headlines again, this time for being racially abused by fans.

The most recent incident involving the Brazilian star occurred during Real Madrid’s 1-0 loss to Valencia on Sunday. The forward claimed that a fan had insulted him, calling him a “monkey” at Mestalla Stadium while he was standing behind one of the goals.

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The game’s climax occurred during halftime of the second half when an enraged Vinicius identified an abusive fan in the stands and then engaged the fans in the affected section of the crowd.

Carlo Ancelotti believes that the “game should have been stopped”

After Vinicius reported being called a “monkey” by Mestalla fans, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti considered benching the star forward. According to him, Vinicius initially expressed no interest in playing further.

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“What happened today shouldn’t happen,” said the 63-year-old Italian. “When a stadium yells ‘monkey’ to a player, and the coach considers taking him out of the field because of that, it means that there is something bad in this league.”

“The game should have been stopped. This shouldn’t happen. It wasn’t only one person, as it has happened in several stadiums. Here, it was a stadium racially insulting a player. The game had to stop. I would have said the same thing if it was 3-0 for us. You have to stop the game. There was no way around it.”

Vinicius Jr blames La Liga for not taking proper action against racism

The 22-year-old Brazilian winger took to his Twitter account with 6.6 million followers to share his disappointment in La Liga. He accuses the Spanish League of facilitating racism, not working to eradicate it.

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Here’s a translation of his tweet: 

“It wasn’t the first time, nor the second, nor the third. Racism is normal in La Liga. The competition thinks it’s normal; the Federation does too, and the opponents encourage it. I’m so sorry. The championship that once belonged to Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano, and Messi today belongs to racists. 

A beautiful nation, which welcomed me and which I love, but which agreed to export the image of a racist country to the world. I’m sorry for the Spaniards who don’t agree, but today, in Brazil, Spain is known as a country of racists. And unfortunately, for everything that happens each week, I have no defense. I agree. But I am strong, and I will go to the end against racists. Even if it’s far from here.”

This wasn’t the first time that the 22-year-old soccer star has been racially abused. The Brazilian has faced racial profiling multiple times ever since his move to La Liga in 2018.

We, at Sportszion, do not support racial profiling by any means and stand by Vinicius Jr. during this difficult time. 

Tanzeem Rahman

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Tanzeem Rahman is a soccer writer and an editor at SportsZion. Tanzeem's love for the sport began by watching and admiring Cristiano Ronaldo in his early Manchester United days. Having graduated from Germany as an Electrical Engineer, Tanzeem has watched multiple high-profile games throughout Europe from the gallery. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport, as well as sublime english proficiency has been an asset to SportsKnot. Outside of his duty, Tanzeem is a gamer, and loves to spend time watching Anime and reading Manga.


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