Vinicius Jr. Suffers racial abuse in Real Madrid’s defeat
Real Madrid has taken a strong stance against the racist abuse suffered by Vinicius Junior during their recent 1-0 defeat to Valencia. This unfortunate incident marks not the first time this season that the 22-year-old has been subjected to such treatment, shedding light on the persisting issue of racism in football.
The match, held at the Mestalla, saw Vinicius targeted by chants from sections of the crowd, resulting in the game being temporarily halted for 10 minutes. Visibly angry and affected by the abuse, the young winger passionately confronted the referee, pointing towards the fans whom he believed had directed the racist remarks at him.
In response to the incident, Real Madrid promptly reported the racist abuse suffered by Vinicius as a hate crime. The club’s actions emphasise their commitment to combating racism and promoting inclusivity in the sport. However, it is disheartening that such incidents continue to tarnish the beautiful game.
LaLiga president Javier Tebas came under criticism when he told Vinicius to “inform yourself” in response to the abuse. This comment provoked an angry response from the Real Madrid winger, who boldly asserted that LaLiga “belongs to the racists.” Such exchanges highlight the need for greater awareness and education surrounding racial discrimination in football.
Regrettably, the match concluded with further controversy as Vinicius was sent off in added time for violent conduct following an altercation with striker Hugo Duro. This incident further underscores the emotional toll that racist abuse can have on players, potentially affecting their judgement and composure on the field.
Racist incidents in football are unacceptable and demand immediate attention from all stakeholders. It is crucial that comprehensive measures are implemented to eradicate racism from the beautiful game, ensuring that players can compete in a safe and inclusive environment.
He tweeted after the game: “It wasn’t the first time, nor the second, nor the third. Racism is normal in LaLiga. In football they think it’s normal, the federation does too – and the opponent encourages it.
“I’m so sad. The championship that once belonged to Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi today belongs to racism.