La Liga denounces abuse of Vinicius Jr

Real defeated Atletico, and some rival supporters allegedly sang racial anthems as they entered the stadium

By Web Desk
September 19, 2022
Real Madrid's Vinicius Jr (L) and Rodrygo Goes (R) — Twitter

KARACHI: Following accusations of racial chants directed against Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid, La Liga has denounced "hate speech" and pledged to cooperate with law enforcement.

On Sunday, Real defeated Atletico Madrid, and some rival supporters allegedly sang racial anthems as they entered the stadium.

It happens after Vinicius, 22, said that recent criticism was motivated by "the happiness of a black Brazilian in Europe."

"We denounce all incidents inside and outside stadiums. We work with clubs to keep our football friendly and enjoyable," said a La Liga spokesperson.

 "Hate speech has no place in La Liga and we always work with the clubs and the authorities to identify and bring to justice any such case."

Recently, pundits in Spain have commented on Vinicius' dancing celebration after scoring.

Pele and Neymar, two prominent Brazilian football players, posted messages of support for Vinicius on social media, and Real Madrid also issued a statement denouncing the pundit's remarks on Friday.

Despite the abuse and prejudice, Vinicius and his Brazilian teammate Rodrygo continued to dance as Real Madrid defeated them 2-1 at the Wanda Metropolitano after Rodrygo scored the game's first goal.