Global reactions condemning racism against Vinicius
Global reactions condemning racism against Vinicius
New racist insults were exposed to Brazilian striker Vinicius Junior during his Real Madrid team’s match with Valencia Sunday in the Spanish Football League, condemning reactions from around the world.
After losing Real Madrid with a goal in the 35th stage of the League, in a match that witnessed the dismissal of Vinicius Jr. for striking Ugo Doro during a dispute between them (90 + 7), his Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti said, “It never occurred to me that I thought of expelling a player because of racism. What happened today we faced before, but in this way, no. It is unacceptable. La Liga has a problem with racism. The problem is not Vinicius. Vinicius is the victim. There is a very serious problem.”
In the 70th minute, the Brazilian behind the goal pointed to one of the fans, while his compatriot Eder Militao stood beside him and his colleagues complained to the referee.
Ancelotti said he heard chants of “mono,” or “monkey” in Spanish, prompting referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengochea to speak to stadium officials, who demanded that the racist abuse stop immediately, before the match resumed 10 minutes later.
In his report, the referee wrote that he heard a fan yell at the player, “Monkey, monkey.”
Ancelotti added, “I asked him if he wanted to continue playing, and indeed he wanted to. The referee told me that he had to continue, and that he would apply the (racist) protocol if the matter was repeated. But the matter was repeated, because when he raised the red card in his face, the whole stadium was chanting + monkey Monkey+… This can’t go on… I’m so sad.”
After the match, “Vinnie” wrote on his Instagram account, “What the racists won was my expulsion. This is not football. Racism is normal in LaLiga (La Liga).”
The 22-year-old international striker, who has carried the colors of Real Madrid since 2018, followed the date of his arrival from Flamengo, “It was not the first time, nor the second or the third. (…) I am really sad. The championship that belonged to Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano (Ronaldo) and Messi Today it is the property of the racists.
The distinguished striker continued, “A beautiful country welcomed me and loved it, but agreed to export the image of a racist state to the world. I am sorry for the Spaniards who do not agree with this opinion, but today, in Brazil, Spain is a racist state. Unfortunately, with everything that happens every week, I cannot Defense… But I am strong and I will fight to the end against the racists. Even if it is far away from this place.”
– Neymar, Mbappe… Lula – Support for the Brazilian poured in from all over the world.
Fellow Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois revealed, “If Vinny had said ‘I will leave the field’, I would have left with him. This matter cannot be tolerated,” adding that he heard “monkey sounds around the twentieth minute.”
His teammate Neymar wrote “with you”, and he was joined in the campaign of solidarity by international striker Richarlison, retired legend Ronaldo or even music icon Gilberto Gil.
As for France captain and Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, he wrote on Instagram, “You are not alone. We are with you and support you.”
During a press conference in Hiroshima, Japan, Brazilian President Lula da Silva condemned the “racism” that the player had fallen victim to. “They attacked him. They called him a monkey. It is not possible in the twenty-first century to have these racist prejudices in many football stadiums.”
In turn, the President of the Brazilian Federation, Ednaldo Rodriguez, said on the communication sites, “Vinny Junior, we send you our love and support, and from all Brazilians.”
In a statement after the match, Valencia “publicly condemned any kind of insult, attack or contempt” and “sorry for Sunday’s events”, citing “individual actions”.
The club confirmed that it is “investigating the incidents that occurred and will take the most severe measures.”
– Tebas against the tide – And his Dutch striker, Justin Kluivert, apologized to Vinicius on behalf of his club, “I apologize from us, the whole Valencia team, because this is not football. It is very bad.”
Swiss-Italian FIFA President Gianni Infantino expressed his full solidarity with Vinicius, “There is no place for racism in football or in society, and FIFA supports all players who have faced a similar situation.”
Infantino recalled the three steps in FIFA competitions, calling for their implementation in all countries and tournaments, “First, stop the match. Second, the players leave the stadium and announce over the radio that the match will stop if the insults continue. The match will resume, and then third, if the insults return, the match stops and the three points go to the opponent.” “.
In exchange for all the support campaigns, League President Javier Tebas did not accept the accusations of the Brazilian player, so he exchanged attacks with him on social media.
“Since there is no one who should explain to you what the League is and what it can do in cases of racism, we tried to explain to you, but you did not show up on either of the two agreed dates that you requested yourself. Before criticizing and insulting the League, it is necessary to inform yourself,” Tebas wrote. correctly”.
Vinicius replied, “I am not your friend for talking about racism. I want actions and penalties.”
In turn, Ancelotti concluded his press conference, “There were complaints, but where did they lead? Nothing at all. The only solution is to stop the match.”