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FIFA president shows support to Vinicius Jr after racist abuse vs Valencia

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After the ugly scenes that went down during last night’s La Liga match between Real Madrid and Valencia at the Mestalla, Vinicius Jr is gathering a wave of support from the footballing fraternity.

The Brazilian superstar, once again, was subjected to vile racist abuse by a section of the Valencia supporters on Sunday. In the aftermath, the 22-year-old has lambasted La Liga and president Javier Tebas for their continued ignorance.

Several players from Real Madrid have spoken out in support of the winger, while other notable names like Ronaldo, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe, among others, have shown solidarity via social media.

Now, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has also shown his support to the Real Madrid winger, with a statement on social media about the incident that went down last night at the Mestalla. The chief of football’s governing body wrote:

“Full solidarity to Vinicius. There is no place for racism in football or in society and FIFA stands by all players who have found themselves in such a situation. Events during the match between Valencia and Real Madrid show that this needs to be the case.”

After the match, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti had hit out at the referee for not stopping the match after being informed of the abuse that Vinicius had received.

And Infantino also stressed on FIFA’s three-step process that exists and stated that all leagues should consider taking a similar approach.

In FIFA competitions, during such situations, as a first step, the match is stopped and an announcement is made. If the verbal abuse continues, players walk off the field and another announcement is made stating that the match will be suspended.

If the attacks continue after the match is restarted, it is stopped and three points are awarded to the opponent. And Infantino advocated for all leagues to incorporate this approach even though he admitted it is easier said than done.

Meanwhile, the Brazilian government has also issued a statement on the matter, saying: “We refuse yet another racist aggression against Vinicius Jr. We will notify Spanish authorities and La Liga. We will not tolerate racism either here or outside. We’ll work so every black athlete can play without experiencing this.”

This is the umpteenth time this season that Vinicius has been racially abused by opposition fans. The winger’s effigy had also been hung off the bridge by Atletico Madrid ultras not very long ago.

But there have been no concrete actions taken by La Liga and the RFEF apart from issuing statements to ‘denounce’ the acts.

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Ancelotti sets a target for Real Madrid to achieve before facing Barcelona in La Liga

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Real Madrid are currently the frontrunners to win the La Liga title this season, having established a solid lead atop the table.

After 26 matchdays, Carlo Ancelotti’s Los Blancos have built a six-point lead over second-placed Girona and are eight clear of arch-rivals Barcelona in third.

Ancelotti sets a target

While Real Madrid have already faced Girona and Atletico Madrid twice in La Liga already, they still have to face Barcelona for the second time.

And, as per AS, manager Carlo Ancelotti has set a target for his Real Madrid side to achieve before they face off against Xavi Hernandez’s Barça in a few weeks.

Los Blancos host their bitter rivals at the Santiago Bernabeu in the weekend of April 20-21, in matchweek 32.

And before that, Ancelotti wants Real Madrid to reach 80 points in La Liga, which he believes is the safety point for his team to go on to win the title.

As things stand, the Merengues are on 65 points from 26 games and have five matches to play in the league before they face Barcelona.

And for them to achieve Ancelotti’s intended target, they will have to win each of their matches between now and April 20, which will be anything but straightforward.

After all, Real Madrid are set to face Valencia at a hostile Mestalla this weekend before they take on a Celta Vigo side battling to avoid relegation next week.

Following that, they face a tricky Osasuna side away from home and Athletic Club at home while they will also take on Copa del Rey finalists RCD Mallorca.

Ancelotti wants the La Liga title race wrapped up by this point so that the team can face Barcelona without any pressure and instead keep their focus on the UEFA Champions League, provided they progress in the tournament.

It will be easier said than done, but if we have learned anything from Real Madrid this season, it is that they thrive in the face of adversities.

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