La Liga condemns racist abuse of Vinicius Junior


The Spanish League has issued a statement after the continued racist abuse of Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior by Atletico Madrid fans.

Criticism of the Brazilian celebration of dancing dominated preparations for Sunday’s Madrid derby and angered rival fans.

Los Blancos claimed a 2-1 victory, with Rodrygo dedicating his smashing goal to Vinicius by joining him in his dance.

Before the derby match, Atletico Madrid fans were photographed en masse signing racist songs about Vinicius outside the Metropolitano stadium. This continued inside the ground and during the match, with the winger also being subjected to monkey chants.

A La Liga spokesperson said: “We condemn all incidents on and off the pitch.

“We are working with clubs to keep football friendly and fun.

Hate speech has no place in it La Liga We are always working with clubs and authorities to identify any such case and bring it to justice.”

Before the derby, Atletico Madrid captain Koke told Vinicius to “expect problems” if he dances in the Metropolitano.

“In Spain you have to respect your competitors and stop playing monkey,” said agent Pedro Bravo during the week, and was highly criticized for such comments, later issuing an apology.

Vinicius was defiant in a social media post on Friday, saying: “For weeks, some people started criticizing my dance, but the dance is not for me alone.

“They belong to Ronaldinho and Neymar, [Lucas] paquita, [Antoine] Griezmann, Joao Felix, Matthews Kona … Brazilian funk singers and samba dancers, Latin reggaeton singers, black Americans. They are dances to celebrate the cultural diversity of the world.

“They say happiness annoys. The happiness of a successful black Brazilian in Europe annoys much more. But my will to win and my smile and the sparkle in my eyes are so much more than that.”


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