Vinicius Jr have issued a new statement as LaLiga slipped again into the whirlpool of racism with Spanish Police swinging into action.
Valencia fans stirred reactions at the Mestalla stadium on Sunday as they hurled racial slurs before and during the Real Madrid’s La Liga clash with Valencia.
The match was halted for 10 minutes with Vincius Jr attempting to draw the referee’s attention to the racist chants by the hostile fans.
Subsequently, an extra time melee saw Vinicius Jr finally sent off after he clashed with Valencia player, Hugo Duro.
Vinicius Jr awakened the conversation on racial abuse in football when he took to his social media page to call out La Liga and Spanish authorities for turning a blind eye to racial abuses in La Liga and Spain in general.
Vinicius recounted various instances racial abuses in La Liga and Spain have been treated with impunity by the authorities.
Blasting the La Liga and Spanish authorities, Vincius wrote, “I’m so sad. The championship that once belonged to Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi today belongs to racism.”
His response was met with fury by La Liga President, Javier Tebas, who asked him to inform himself properly before branding the La Liga and Spain as racist.
The row between Vincius Jr and Javier Tebas sparked reactions with calls for La Liga to end and take action on racial abuses, getting louder.
English pundit, Rio Ferdinand called Javier Tebas to step down. Real Madrid confirmed they have taken legal action to shore up Vinicius Jr.
Spanish Police arrests four for racial effigy
Following calls from different quarters for a concrete action against the menace of racism, Sky Sport reports Spanish Police have arrested four erring fans who hung a racial effigy to mock Vinicius Jr during the Madrid Derby at the Metropolitano stadium this season.
The apprehended fans are said to have hanged an effigy of Vinicius Jr at a bridge in January. The effigy was reportedly hung in the morning before Real Madrid took on Atletico Madrid at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid.
Vincius Jr issues new statement after racial abuse, compiles footage of racial abuse
After the social media spat between him and Javier Tebas, Vinicius Jr issued a new statement on Monday night to reiterate his travails in La Liga since he joined the league from Santos in 2018.
Vinicius Jr posted a video collection of all instances of racial abuses he has struggled through, he wrote in Spanish;
“Every round away from home is an unpleasant surprise. And there were many this season. Death wishes, hanged doll, many criminal screams… all registered.
“But the speech always falls on ‘isolated cases’, ‘a fan’. No, these are not isolated cases. They are continuous episodes spread across several cities in Spain (and even in a television programme).
“The evidence is there in the video. Now I ask: how many of these racists had names and photos exposed on websites? I answer to make it easier: zero. None to tell a sad story or make those fake public apologies.
“What is missing to criminalise these people? And punish clubs sportingly? Why don’t sponsors charge LaLiga? Don’t televisions bother to broadcast this barbarity every weekend?
“The problem is very serious and communications no longer work. Not blaming me to justify criminal acts either. You are not football, you are inhuman.”
“Black and imposing. Christ the Redeemer was just like that. An action of solidarity that moves me. But I want, above all, to inspire and bring more light to our struggle.
“I really appreciate all the chain of affection and support I’ve received in the last few months. Both in Brazil and around the world. I know exactly who’s who. Count on me because the good ones are the majority and I won’t give up.
“I have a purpose in life and if I have to suffer more and more so that future generations don’t go through similar situations. I’m ready and prepared”, Vinicius Jr concluded.
According to reports from Spanish media, a holistic approach to eradicate the menace of racism will require all stakeholders in Spanish society to have their hands on deck.
La Liga are reportedly deprive of sanctioning powers to fight racism in Spain but are liable to blame for not vigorously pursuing legal amendments in Spain to allow them exercise powers on racial abuse.
From the angle of Spanish law, La Liga can only identify and report cases to designated authorities.
However, it is believed with the awakening of the debate after the latest attack on Vinicius Jr, they will make a swift move to push for more reforms to allow them handle and exercise powers on cases of racism.