What Happened to Vinicius Junior? On the weekend, Valencia fans were racist toward Vinicius Jr., which was criticized by people in the football world and in Brazil and Spain’s government.
On Sunday, May 21, 2023, Vinicius Jr, one of the most exciting football players in the world, showed LaLiga, the top league in Spanish football, the mirror. “Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi used to own the championship, but now racists do.”
The Brazilian wrote these words after he was insulted because of his race yet again. This one happened a few hours ago at the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia. He was booed outside the stadium and then during the game.
Worryingly for the league, without Ronaldo and Messi, two of its biggest stars at one point, and his club Real Madrid, the young player closed the social media post by saying, “I am strong and I will go all the way against the racists.” Even if it’s a long way away.”
The Athletic said that Vinicius Jr. was thinking about leaving Real Madrid and the league because he was being called racist over and over again and the club wasn’t doing enough to help him.
What Happened Between Valencia and Real Madrid?
Racist slurs were said long before the game began. As Real Madrid players got off the bus and walked into the stadium, a group of fans yelled, “Vinicius, you’re a monkey.”
During the game, there was more and worse abuse like this. In the 72nd minute, Vinicius went up to a group of fans behind one of the goals, pointed at them, and said they were being racist toward him.
He seemed to tell the fan, “You, you, you’re the one who called me a monkey,” while making an ape sign with his hands tucked under his armpits. Players from both teams joined in. Lucas Vazquez, one of his teammates, went up to the fans and told them, “Shitty racist.” The Brazilian then asked Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea, the official, to step in.
So did the judge. Play was stopped for six minutes, and two fans were taken out of their spots by police officers who were in the crowd. Vinicius Jr. came back after a short talk with boss Carlo Ancelotti and the referee. He was clearly upset.
In the last part of the match, in which Valencia won 1-0, there was a fight, and Vinicius Jr. was given a red card. The VAR saw him raise his hand toward Hugo Duro of Valencia. The video official did not mention, though, that Duro had just put his arm around Vinicius Jr’s neck.
According to the rules, Vinicius Jr. might have deserved to get a red card, but the fact that he was the only one did not look good for the league. As he walked off the field, home fans continued to chant “monkey” as he showed the number 2 to show that the team might be sent down to the second division.
What was Said in the Immediate Aftermath of the Game?
Ancelotti, who has been in football for 47 years, chose not to talk about football right after the loss. The Italian instead said, “I don’t want to talk about sports today. I want to talk about what happened. That matters more than a loss.
“Today’s events can’t happen again. I asked Vinicius Jr., but he said he wanted to keep going. I told him I didn’t think it was fair that he had to play this game: “You’re not the bad guy, you’re the victim.” He kept on playing. Plus, they give him a red card, which doesn’t make sense because he wasn’t being aggressive.
“We have a problem, but he doesn’t. Vinicius is the best player in the world, and I think he is the biggest. LaLiga has a problem. I think they need to stop the game because of this racism. There’s nothing else to do.
“Vini is sad and angry, but sadder than angry. It’s impossible.” Thibaut Courtois, the goalkeeper for Real Madrid, said that if his partner had chosen to walk off the field, he would have stood by him.
What is the Protocol Around Racist Abuse in Football?
As part of FIFA’s rules about racist abuse, fans are first told. At the Mestalla, racist fans were kicked out and statements were made over a loudspeaker. When the fans were told that the game might have to be stopped, they whistled angrily.
If the racist slurs keep coming, the next step is for the players to walk off the field and for the game to be stopped for good. Vinicius Jr. had heard the insults the whole game and wanted to leave. He told Thibaut Courtois that he wanted to leave, but he tried to keep playing. Until he could take no more.
In the third step, when the game starts again if the abuse keeps happening, the game will be stopped and the other team will get three points.
Vinicius Jr. was insulted by Valencia fans and Real Madrid fans during a game, leading to his social media post saying “I am strong and I will go all the way against the racists.” Vinicius Jr. was given a red card for a fight, but it did not look good for the league, leading to home fans chanting “monkey”. Vinicius Jr. is the best player in the world, but LaLiga needs to stop the game due to racism.
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