Real Madrid’s Vinícius Júnior accuses La Liga of ‘doing nothing’ over racist abuse | real Madrid
Real Madrid striker Vinícius Júnior has accused La Liga of ‘doing nothing’ about racist abuse from the stands at matches after he was targeted by Real Valladolid fans on Friday.
Vinícius released a statement online after videos on social media showed fans shouting abuse and throwing objects at him during Real Madrid’s 2-0 away win. The Brazilian striker appears to have been abused at the José Zorrilla Stadium after being substituted.
“The racists keep going to the stadiums and watching the biggest club in the world up close and La Liga keep doing nothing,” Vinícius wrote on Twitter. “I will continue with my head held high and celebrate my victories and those of Madrid.”
La Liga issued a statement condemning all forms of hate speech and saying they were monitoring instances of racism at the game. La Liga president Javier Tebas responded to Vinícius with a strong tweet calling his accusations ‘unfair and untrue’.
“In La Liga I have been fighting racism for years,” Tebas wrote. “@vinijr, it is unfair and wrong to publish that ‘@laliga does nothing against racism’. We are at your disposal so that together we can walk in the same direction. Tebas also published a link to the press release official, which included examples of previous actions taken by the league.
“La Liga has detected racist insults from someone [in] the stands of Zorrilla Stadium, posted on social media,” the statement read. “These events will be reported to the Anti-Violence Commission and the Office of the Hate Crimes Prosecutor, as has been done on other occasions.”
Of the six previous cases of alleged racial abuse mentioned in the statement, three involved chants directed at Vinícius. The first was at Camp Nou as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 in October 2021, the second at Real Mallorca in March 2022.
The third case came in September, when Atlético Madrid fans were filmed directing racist chants at the 22-year-old before and during the team’s home game against Real Madrid.