La Liga has denounced “hate speech” and said that it would cooperate with authorities in response to accusations of racist chants directed towards Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior.
On Sunday, Real defeated Atletico Madrid, and some rival supporters reportedly chanted racial anthems as they entered the stadium.
It happened after Vinicius, 22, said that recent criticism was motivated by “the happiness of a black Brazilian in Europe.”
A La Liga official added, “We deplore any acts inside and outside stadiums.
“Hate speech has no place in La Liga,” the statement said, “and we always collaborate with the teams and the authorities to uncover and bring any such instance to justice.”
Recently, commentators in Spain have commented on Vinicius’ dancing celebration after scoring.
During a Vinicius conversation on Spanish television, Agent Pedro Bravo stated, “In Spain, you have to respect opponents and quit playing the monkey,” which sparked charges of racism. Later, he offered an apology.
Brazilian international Vinicius mentioned other celebrities who participated in their celebrations in a statement on Friday. Vinicius has five goals and eight assists for the European champions this season.
Some individuals began to criticize my dancing a few weeks ago. However, the dancing is not all mine, he said.
They belong to Joao Felix, Matheus Cunha, [Lucas] Paqueta, [Antoine] Griezmann, Ronaldinho, Neymar, and… Black Americans, Latin reggaeton singers, and Brazilian funk and samba dancers. They are dances that honor the world’s wide cultural variety.
“They claim that joy hurts people. Much more upsetting is the pleasure of a Black Brazilian who succeeds in Europe. However, my determination, grin, and a twinkle in my eyes go far more than that.
Pele and Neymar, two prominent Brazilian football players, sent 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.