Valencia, the Spanish football club, announced that it will appeal against being punished by partially closing its stands in addition to the financial fine, after the crisis of its fans directing racist abuse against Brazilian Vinicius Junior, Real Madrid striker.
Valencia was punished by partial closure of its stands for five matches, along with a fine of 45,000 euros (48,500 dollars), following the insults directed at Vinicius by its fans during the match that ended with Valencia’s 1-0 victory over Real Madrid last Sunday in the Spanish League.
Valencia described the penalty as: unfair and disproportionate.
And Valencia stated in a sharply worded statement: Valencia would like to announce its total disagreement, as well as express its dissatisfaction with the unfair and disproportionate punishment imposed by the Competitions Committee on the club, which includes the partial closure of the stands for five of its matches.
He added that the club would like to show publicly that the decision of the Competitions Committee of the Spanish Federation reveals a contradiction with what the National Police and the Spanish League say.
The club continued: In addition, the punishment depends on evidence that the club was unable to see nor did he get the opportunity to hear his statement.
And he added in the statement: “Valencia FC has been, is and always will condemn, with all its strength, any form of racism or violence.” These behaviors have no place in football or in society, and we will continue with all our might to eradicate this scourge.