Vinicius Junior remains at Real Madrid. And fight racism until the end for the “future generation.”
Vinicius was racist again. He was ridiculed by the opposing crowd in a match between Real Madrid and Valencia on the 22nd. It contained racist insults, not just chants.스포츠토토
Literally, he was under intensive checks from the opposing team. Vinicius had to endure alone the “non-manner play” of Valencia players and the “hateful booing” of their supporters. Vinicius, who rarely gets excited, argued directly with his opponent’s fans and even shed tears.
He also fell victim to a biased judgment. Vinicius hit Hugo Duro in the face during a fight with his opponents in the extra time of the second half and received a red card after VAR. However, VAR was controversial because it did not show any Valencia player strangling Vinicius in the previous situation. Six people, including the VAR referee, were deprived of their referee positions by the Spanish Royal Football Federation.
Vinicius could not hide his anger after the game. “It’s not the first time, it’s not the second time, it’s not the third time,” he said on his SNS. Racism is a common practice in La Liga. “The league, where Ronaldinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi once played, has become a hotbed for racists today,” he said.
“Spain is a beautiful country and a country I love that welcomed me. But they agreed to spread the image of racism around the world. Today, in Brazil, Spain is known as a country of racists. I agree. Nevertheless, I am strong and will fight racism until the end,” he said, adding that he will fight against La Liga, which does not respond to racism he has experienced a lot.
Both clubs have expressed their support for Vinicius. Real said in an official statement, “The club strongly condemns the incident against Vinicius. We believe this constitutes a hate crime, and to investigate the facts and hold officials accountable, we have submitted a report to the prosecution office, especially on hate and discriminatory crimes.”
Valencia also said, “The club has identified fans who made racist gestures to Vinicius through cooperation with the police, and is trying to identify those involved. The club will apply disciplinary measures such as deporting them from the stadium for life,” he said, announcing that he will take strong measures.
But not everyone was. La Liga Chairman Javier Tebas responded to Vinicius with a “rude remark.” “We tried to explain racism directly to you (Vinicius), but you didn’t show up on the two dates you asked for,” he said on his social media. It was a typical blurring of the issue of shifting the blame to the victim.
Vinicius took further action. Vinicius posted a video on his SNS on the 23rd containing the racism he had suffered so far. The video showed racism in the stadium six times he received this season and his mannequin tied to his leg with a noose. This was not even all Vinicius had suffered.
Vinicius said with the video, “These are not isolated events. They are episodes that spread throughout many cities in Spain. How many racists here have their names and photos exposed on their websites? I can answer easily. 0. “You (Tebas) are inhumane, not soccer,” he strongly criticized La Liga’s behavior.
Outside La Liga, he also joined forces with Vinicius. FIFA President Gianni Infantino said, “This is crazy. “I want to make it clear that there is no place for any type of discrimination, such as racism, in soccer and society,” he said, suggesting five ways to prevent racism from occurring.
The Brazilian government also said, “We are looking at the possibility of applying the principle of extraterritoriality,” adding that it is seeking to punish Valencia supporters who discriminated against Vinicius under Brazilian law. They also supported Vinicius by turning off the lights on the giant statue of Jesus in Rio de Janeiro.
Vinicius also thanked him. Vinicius posted the photo and said, “It’s black and confident. Christ the Savior was like this. It’s an act of solidarity that touches me,” he said, thanking the Brazilian government for its active actions.
He also expressed his new commitment. “First of all,” said Vinicius, “I want to inspire and give more light to our struggle. Thank you so much for all the affection and support I’ve received over the past few months. I won’t give up. I have a purpose in life and I am ready to endure it if future generations have to suffer from similar situations,” he said, expressing his willingness to fight racism to the end.
Real won’t leave either. Fabricio Romano, a reporter familiar with the European football transfer market, said on the 23rd, “Vinicius has no intention of leaving Real. Real signed a new contract until June 2027. Coach Carlo Ancelotti also said, “Vinicius has no intention of leaving. He loves Real,” he professed.
Vinicius chose to fight back instead of avoiding injustice. This is similar to the past days when Vinicius proved his reason to remain at Real with his football skills. Vinicius is now trying to show that he was right about racism, too.