Vinícius Jr: Real Madrid star says La Liga ‘do nothing’ over racist abuse
Real Madrid striker Vinícius Jr. has accused La Liga of ‘doing nothing’ about racism in matches after the Brazilian star appeared to have been the victim of racist abuse in Real’s 2-0 win over Madrid Real Valladolid on Friday.
“The racists keep going to the stadiums and closely following the biggest club in the world and La Liga is not doing anything about it,” the Real star wrote on Twitter Saturday.
“I will hold my head high and continue to celebrate my victories and those of Real Madrid.”
Videos on social media showed fans shouting abuse and throwing objects at the 22-year-old as he walked behind goal after being substituted.
In a statement, LaLiga said it had identified “racist slurs” posted on social media by some Estadio de Zorrilla fans and that violations would be reported to the Anti-Violence Commission and the Hate Crimes Prosecutor’s Office.
The statement read: “LaLiga will continue to lead the fight against the scourge of racism, xenophobia and intolerance in sport, not only with words but also with actions…”
In September 2022, racist chants by a group of Atletico Madrid fans towards Vinícius Jr. were filmed ahead of the Madrid derby.
That same month, Vinícius Jr. had condemned what he described as racist criticism he received for his dancing goal celebrations.