The Valencia club announced on the 23rd (Korean time) that it has identified three Valencia fans who have caused controversy over racial discrimination against Vinicius Junior (23).
“According to the club’s commitment to combat all forms of racism and violence, the three men will be banned from the stadium for life,” Valencia said in a statement.스포츠토토
“The club is also working with the police to identify the other perpetrators. From the moment the unfortunate incident occurred, the club analyzed all available footage and worked quickly with the authorities to ensure that action was taken quickly and forcefully. there is,” he added.
The incident occurred in the match between Valencia and Real Madrid in the 35th round of the 2022-23 Spanish Primera Liga held in Mestaya, Valencia, Spain on the 22nd. In the second half, Vinicius got into a verbal battle with Valencia fans, which was caused by some Valencia fans pretending to be monkeys with racist messages towards Vinicius. The perpetrators did not end there, throwing lighters and shouting racist slogans such as ‘Death Vinicius’ and ‘Monkey’.
Vinicius said on social media after the game, “This is not the first time this has happened. It is not the second or third time. In Primera Liga, racism is common and normal. Rather, it is encouraged.” “Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo, The place where Lionel Messi played now belongs to racists.”
“Looking at the Primera Liga secretariat’s response, it seems to encourage racism. I’m sorry to the Spaniards, but in my country, Brazil, Spain is perceived as a country of racism,” he said. “Unfortunately, it happens every week here. You can’t stop it. .But I am strong and I will fight racists even if there is a long way to go.”
▲ ⓒValencia website
Regarding the racist damage suffered by Vinicius, Real Madrid said, “A racist attack also constitutes a hate crime. We have filed a case with the prosecution to investigate the facts and clarify responsibility.”
Valencia also announced, “We oppose all forms of racism and violence. We have found a fan who made racist remarks to Vinicius and will take strong action.”
Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) President Luis Rubiales strongly condemned at an official press conference held in Madrid, saying, “We have to recognize that Spain has a problem. This is a serious problem that taints the team, football fans, club and country.”
▲ Vinicius, who was ordered to leave the field, marked 2 with his fingers as he left the field. It means mocking Valencia, who are in the relegation zone.
▲ Valencia players surround and threaten Vinicius.
In addition, Vinicius, whose emotions boiled over during the match, collided with Valencia players at the end of the match, and received a red card for striking Valencia’s Hugo Duro in the face in the process.
The referee confirmed the scene of Vinicius hitting Duro through communication with video reviewers (VAR).
There was a situation where Valencia players strangled Vinicius before Vinicius punched him, but only the scene of Vinicius hitting appeared in the on-field review video. Real Madrid protested that the decision was wrong, and the Spanish Football Federation fired all VAR officials for the match.