The president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has condemned this Sunday the racist insults directed against the Real Madrid striker Vinicius Junior in the match against Valencia at the Mestalla, and has asked 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 suffers repeated attacks. I hope that FIFA and other entities take measures to prevent racism from taking over football,” he said. indicated Lula through his profile on the social network Twitter.
Vinicius has criticized LaLiga and the Spanish soccer fans for “normal racism” in the competition, after racist insults marked the duel against Valencia, for which the Brazilian player refused to play at the Mestalla.
“It was not the first time, nor the second, nor the third. Racism is normal in LaLiga. The competition believes that it is normal, the Federation also and the opponents encourage it. I’m sorry. The championship that once belonged to Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano and Messi today belongs to racists,” she wrote on her Twitter account.
Vinicius pointed out that from Brazil they see Spain as a nation of racists. “A beautiful nation, which welcomed me and the one I love, but which agreed to export to the world the image of a racist country. I’m sorry for the Spaniards who disagree, but today, in Brazil, Spain is known as a country racist,” he added.
The president of the employers’ association, Javier Tebas, has responded to the “insult”, asking the footballer not to allow himself to be “manipulated”: “Before criticizing and insulting LaLiga, it is necessary that you inform yourself properly Vinicius. Do not let yourself be manipulated and make sure to fully understand each other’s competencies and the work we have been doing together”, he concluded.
The crossing on social networks was followed by Vinicius answering the message from Thebes, to whom He has asked for “actions and punishments”. “Once again, instead of criticizing racists, the president of LaLiga appears on social networks to attack me. As much as you talk and pretend not to read, the image of your championship shakes“, the player pointed out.
For his part, the Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti, has been “sad” by the “racist” reaction of the Mestalla fans” towards the visitor Viniciusa “very serious and unacceptable problem” in Spanish football for which he has called for forceful 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 it because the atmosphere is racist does not seem right to me. What happened to me today did not It has never happened to me. It is unacceptable. The Spanish League has a problem, which is not Vinicius, it is the victim of a very serious problem”, he said at a press conference.
With everything, LaLiga has requested all the available images to open an investigationindicating that “once the investigation is concluded, in the event of detecting a hate crime, LaLiga would proceed to take the appropriate legal actions.”
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