Real Madrid forward, Vinicius Jr, has criticized La Liga for its alleged racist incidents following his red card during a match against Valencia.
Despite being subjected to racial slurs and grabbed on the neck by Valencia’s Hugo Duro, Vinicius Jr was shown a red card for slapping his opponent.
The match at Valencia’s Mestalla stadium was temporarily halted during half-time as the 22-year-old player pointed out the spectators who were taunting him to the referee.
Vinicius Jr, who has faced racial abuse from the stands multiple times this season, was visibly upset, leading both his teammates and opposition players to try and calm him down.
In the closing moments of the game, Vinicius Jr received a red card for violent conduct after an altercation with Valencia striker Hugo Duro, marking the first red card of his career.
Shortly after the match concluded, Vinicius Jr referred to the previous incidents of racist abuse he has experienced and criticized La Liga authorities for their perceived lack of action and response.
The incident has brought attention to the issue of racism in football and raises concerns about the measures in place to address such incidents in the sport.
On his Instagram,He wrote;
“It wasn’t the first time, not the second and not the third. Racism is normal in La Liga. The competition thinks it’s normal, so does the Federation and the opponents encourage it. I am so sorry.”
“The championship that once belonged to Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano (Ronaldo) and (Lionel) Messi, today belongs to the racists. A beautiful nation, which welcomed me and I love, but which accepted to export the image to the world from a racist country.”
“Sorry for the Spaniards who do not agree, but today, in Brazil, Spain is known as a country of racists. And unfortunately with everything that happens on a weekly basis, I have no way to defend. I agree. But I’m strong and will go to the end against the racists. Even though it’s far from here.”
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