Real Madrid’s Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior was subjected to racial comments during a La Liga encounter over the weekend, and the club filed a criminal complaint with Spanish prosecutors on Monday, labeling the incident a “hate crime” in response to the incident.
The Brazilian international attacker, who is 22 years old and plays for the Brazilian national team, was attacked by a home crowd during Sunday’s 1-0 loss at Valencia, and he was subsequently sent off the field.
Real Madrid, one of the most successful teams in Spain, issued a statement in which it claimed that the club “strongly condemns the events that took place yesterday against our player Vincius Junior.”
The club has stated that it believes the abusive treatment “constitutes a hate crime” and has filed a complaint with the prosecutors’ office “in order for the facts to be investigated and for those responsible to be held accountable.”
The most recent instance of Vinicius being singled out for racial abuse in La Liga occurred at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia. This is not the first time this has happened.
He stood in front of the spectators behind the goal and pointed in the direction of what appeared to be the offender. During the second half, there was a pause in play that lasted for many minutes.
Before the game was restarted ten minutes later, referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea had a conversation with officials from the stadium, who then made a statement demanding an end to racist slurs.
A spectator yelled “monkey, monkey” at the player, according to the referee’s post-match report, and the referee wrote that in his report.
During the extra time at the end of the match, Vinicius was sent a red card for making contact with Hugo Duro, who was playing for Valencia.