Gabriel Jesus has dedicated his latest Arsenal strike to Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr.
The Real Madrid starlet was told to ‘stop playing the monkey’ after a 4-1 win over Mallorca by Spanish Association of Agents president Pedro Bravo on controversial TV El Chiringuito after celebrating a goal with a dance.
The comment was widely condemned with Brazil’s football elite among those who came to the 22-year-old’s defence.
Vinicius responded to the comments on social media, saying: “They say happiness is disturbing.
“The happiness of a black Brazilian winner in Europe disturbs much more.
“But my desire to win, my smile and the sparkle in my eyes are much bigger than that.
“You can’t even imagine it. I was the victim of a xenophobic and racist comment. But none of this started yesterday.
His compatriot Jesus was playing for the Gunners in their Premier League 3-0 win over Brentford when he walked up to the Arsenal fans and started dancing with a smile on his face to the delight of the crowd.
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The striker also took to social media after the comments, with a translated post which read: ‘Dance, Vini!’
Neymar also defended Vinicius Jr saying: “Dribble, dance and be yourself, happy to be who you are! Aim for the top, my friend, we’ll dance to your next goal.
Meanwhile, Pele took to social media and said: “Football is joy. It’s a dance. It’s a real party.
“Although racism still exists, we will not allow it to stop us from continuing to smile. And we will continue to fight racism this way: by fighting for our right to be happy.
Jesus wasn’t the only Premier League star to speak out against the comments either, with the Tottenham star revealing after their 6-2 win over Everton that he sent an angry text to Bravo about his comments.
He told ESPN: “Annoying situation, right? I even texted that guy over there who told him b******* on the show.
“But that he can have fun like he does and hopefully he scores a goal.”
“I called him as ***…but that he can solve this problem as soon as possible and don’t miss it.