Real Madrid and Brazil star Vincius Jr warns abusers to be afraid: ‘I will hold you accountable’ | football news

Vinicius Jr said racists should be “scared” after three Valencia fans were each sentenced to eight months in prison for abusing him during a match last year.

These are the first convictions related to racist abuse in football in Spain, and the Real Madrid striker welcomed the decision to impose custodial sentences on the people involved.

“The first criminal conviction in the history of Spain is not for me, but for all black people,” the Brazilian published on the social network X.

“Let other racists feel scared, ashamed and hide in the shadows. Otherwise, I will be here to hold them accountable. Thank you to LaLiga and Real Madrid for helping with this historic conviction. More to come…”

The abuse sanctioned by a Valencia court occurred during a League match at the city’s Mestalla stadium on May 21 of last year. LaLiga filed the initial complaint that gave rise to the criminal case.

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Vinicius Junior broke down in tears last season while talking about the racism he received while playing for Real Madrid, saying he just wanted to play football.

The individuals were also given a two-year ban from entering any venue hosting LaLiga matches or matches held under the jurisdiction of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).

LaLiga said Valencia had cooperated with the investigation and had expelled the three people as members of the club.

During the hearing, a letter of apology to Vinicius from the defendants was read, LaLiga and Real confirmed.

LaLiga wants to ‘accelerate the fight against racism’

The president of LaLiga, Javier Tebas.
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The president of LaLiga, Javier Tebas, wants sanctions for crimes of racism to be accelerated

“This sentence is great news for the fight against racism in Spain, since it somehow repairs the shameful offense suffered by Vinicius Jr and sends a clear message to those people who go to a football stadium to utter insults,” he said. the president of LaLiga, Javier Said Tebas.

“LaLiga will identify them, report them and there will be criminal consequences.

“I understand that there may be some frustration about the time it takes for these sentences to be handed down, but this shows that Spain is a country that guarantees judicial integrity.

“From LaLiga we can only respect the pace of justice, but once again we demand that Spanish legislation evolve to provide LaLiga with sanctioning powers that can accelerate the fight against racism.”

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Before the Champions League final, Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham was asked about teammate Vinicius Junior’s Ballon d’Or win.

Currently, LaLiga can only bring the facts of a case to the relevant judicial authorities and cannot sanction clubs, fans or players for hateful conduct, racism or violent acts.

Real Madrid issued a statement confirming the sentences that concluded: “Real Madrid, which together with Vinicius Júnior has carried out the private accusation in this procedure, will continue working to protect the values ​​of our club and eradicate any racist behavior in the world of football. “. and sport.”

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino hailed the sentences as a “positive step” in the fight to rid football of racism.

He wrote on his Instagram Stories: “I am pleased to see the firm action and sentence taken by the Spanish authorities in relation to the racist abuse directed at Vinicius Jr in a Spanish League match in May 2023. This is a positive step.

“As I clearly reiterated at the recent FIFA Congress in Bangkok, we can no longer accept what is happening in the stadiums and on the field.

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“Our message to people anywhere in the world who still behave in a racist way when dealing with football is clear: we don’t want you. These people have to be excluded, they are not part of our community or football.

“This ruling shows one of FIFA’s five pillars of action: criminal charges. We, united as global football, will push for racism to be recognized as a criminal offense in every country in the world and, as seen today in “Spain, where it is already a crime, will pressure to prosecute it with the severity it deserves.”

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