In a powerful display of unity and solidarity, the global football community has come together to condemn the abhorrent racist abuse directed at Vinicius Junior, the talented forward of Real Madrid. The incident occurred during an intense match against Valencia, where Vinicius became the target of vile racial slurs from a section of the opposing team’s supporters. This reprehensible act has sparked outrage and renewed calls for action against discrimination in the sport. Football’s collective voice has risen to denounce such behavior and stand firmly with Vinicius Junior, reaffirming the commitment to combat racism both on and off the field.
Vinicius calls La Liga and Spain Recist
During the match against Valencia, fans from the gallery yelled Vinicius Junior a “Monkey” after Valencia scored a goal. The Brazilian international reacted immediately and made a protest. But the referee sent him off.
However, Vinicius Junior calls La Liga and Spain racist in his Instagram post. He wrote, “It wasn’t the first time or the second or the third. Racism is normal in La Liga. The competition thinks it’s normal, as does the federation, and the opponents encourage it.”
The Brazilian added, “The championship that once belonged to Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano, and [Lionel] Messi today belongs to the racists. A beautiful nation, which welcomed me and which I love but which accepted to export to the world the image of a racist country. I am sorry for those Spaniards who disagree, but today, in Brazil, Spain is known as a country of racists.”
Football Community Unite to Support Vinicius Junior
The football world showed support for Vinicius Junior. Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti first spoke publicly about the incident. He said, “What happened today shouldn’t happen. When a stadium yells ‘monkey’ to a player, and the coach considers taking him out of the field because of that, it means that there is something bad in this league.”
Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva also shows support for Vinicius. “I would like to express my solidarity with our Brazilian player, a poor boy who succeeded in life and is potentially becoming one of the best players in the world, certainly the best at Real Madrid. And he is attacked in every stadium he plays in,” he said in a press conference.
Fifa’s president, Gianni Infantino, also expressed his solidarity with Vinicius. He said, “There is no place for racism in football or in society and Fifa stands by all players who have found themselves in such a situation.”