The President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has condemned the racist insults hurled at Real Madrid striker Vinicius Junior during the game against Valencia, and has called on the authorities to take action.
“I want to make a gesture of solidarity with Vinicius, a young man who is undoubtedly Real Madrid’s best player, and who has suffered repeated attacks. I hope that FIFA and other entities take measures to prevent racism from taking over football,” he said. Lula, on Sunday, in a message on the social network Twitter.
Vinicius criticized LaLiga and Spanish football fans for “normal racism” in the competition, after racist insults marred the duel against Valencia Clube de Futebol Mestalla, with the Brazilian player refusing to play in the match, in which Real Madrid lost 1-0.
“It wasn’t the first time, nor the second, nor the third. Racism is normal in LaLiga. The competition thinks it’s normal, the Federation thinks it’s normal and the opponents encourage it. I regret it. belonged to Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano and Messi today belongs to the racists,” wrote the footballer on Twitter.
“A beautiful nation, which welcomed me and which I love, but which accepted to export the image of a racist country to the world. I am sorry for the Spaniards who disagree, but today, in Brazil, Spain is known as a country of racists”, added.
The president of the association, Javier Tebas, reacted and asked the footballer not to let himself be “manipulated”: “Before criticizing and insulting LaLiga, you have to inform yourself well, Vinicius (…) Don’t let yourself be manipulated and make sure that you understand each other’s skills and the work we’ve been doing together”.
Vinicius continued the exchange of messages on social networks, responding to the message from Tebas, who asked for “action and punishment”. “Once again, instead of criticizing the racists, the president of LaLiga appears on social networks to attack me. No matter how much you talk and pretend not to read, the image of your championship is shaken”, said the player.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said he was “saddened” by the “racist reaction” of Valencia fans towards the visitor Vinicius, a “very serious and unacceptable problem” in Spanish football, for which he called for strong measures .
“I spoke to him during the game, the atmosphere was very hot, very bad and I asked him if I could continue. The fact that I think I have to remove him because the atmosphere is racist doesn’t seem right to me. What happened to me today never bothered me. it had happened before. It is unacceptable. The Spanish League has a problem, it is not Vinicius, he is the victim of a very serious problem”, he said, in a press conference.
LaLiga requested all available images to open an investigation, indicating that “once the investigation is completed, in the event that any hate crime is detected, LaLiga will take appropriate legal action”.journey program
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