Brazilian Vinicius Junior accused La Liga and Spain of racism after the Real Madrid striker was abused from the stands during the defeat by Valencia at the Mestalla stadium on Sunday.
Vinicius faced the fans who attacked him, and the match stopped for ten minutes, then he clashed with Valencia players and was expelled in the second half.
Vinicius wrote on Twitter: After the match, it was not the first, second, or third time. Racism is usual in the Spanish League. The competition management considers it normal. The Spanish Federation considers it normal and the competitors encourage it. The tournament previously belonged to Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano, and Messi, and today it belongs to racists.
And I follow: A beautiful country, it welcomed me and I loved it, but it accepted to export to the world the image of the racist state. I feel sorry for the Spaniards who do not agree with me, but today in Brazil Spain has become known as a country of racists, but I am strong and I will go all the way to combat racists, even if the road is far.
The Spanish League stated that it will request all available footage to investigate the incident, and added in a statement: If we identify any hate crime, we will take appropriate legal action.
Javier Tebas, president of the Spanish League, responded to Vinicius’s comments by asking him to be more informed about what can be done in the face of cases of racism, and he said via “Twitter”: We tried to explain to you ourselves what are the cases of racism and what the Spanish League can do, but you did not appear in any of them. The two meetings agreed upon at your request, and before you criticize and distort the league, you must educate yourself appropriately, do not allow yourself to be manipulated and make sure to understand the capabilities and work of others.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva expressed his support for the player and called on FIFA to stop racism in sports. A Real Madrid player, he was attacked in every stadium he played in.
And he continued: I think it is important that FIFA, the Spanish League and league competitions in other countries take real action because fascism and racism cannot be allowed to dominate football stadiums.
The Spanish League has received complaints in the past that Vinicius has been subjected to racist insults or insults, and a court in Mallorca is considering a complaint after fans in Mallorca were filmed abusing the Brazil striker.
Spanish police are also investigating a hate crime against the Brazilian player after a doll was found hanged on a bridge outside Real Madrid’s training ground bearing his No. 20 shirt last January.