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La Liga president apologises to Vinicius Jr over comments amid racism storm: “Not my intention”

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A Twitter spat has been brewing over the past couple of days between Real Madrid president Vinicius Jr and La Liga president Javier Tebas.

It all started when Vinicius, who was the subject of racist abuses from Valencia fans at the weekend, publicly called out La Liga and Spain for being racist. Aggrieved by his comments, Tebas took to Twitter to respond to Vinicius.

“Before criticizing and insulting LaLiga, it is necessary that you inform yourself properly. Do not let yourself be manipulated and make sure you fully understand each other’s competencies and the work we have been doing together,” Tebas told Vinicius.

In response, the Brazilian wrote, “Once again, instead of criticizing racists, the president of LaLiga appears on social media to attack me.”

“As much as you talk and pretend not to read, the image of your championship is shaken. See the responses to your posts and have a surprise… Omitting yourself only makes you equal to racists. I’m not your friend to talk about racism. I want actions and punishments. Hashtag doesn’t move me,” he added.

In the aftermath of this Twitter spat, Tebas has now come out in public to apologise to Vinicius. “I didn’t want to attack Vinicius. If he misunderstood the message, I apologize,” he told the media (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“It was not my intention. I expressed myself badly, at a bad time. I had no intention of attacking Vinicius, but rather to clarify a situation.

It is no secret that Tebas has been at odds with Real Madrid in recent years. His comments on Vinicius, therefore, have further riled up even the neutral supporters of Spanish football. In fact, RFEF president Luis Rubiales himself recently had a swipe on Tebas.

It will be interesting to see whether Vinicius issues a response to Tebas’ apology in the coming days. The Brazilian certainly has the support of the masses, with even prominent sporting stars coming to his support following the incident this past weekend.

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  1. Benny

    May 25, 2023 at 6:28 pm

    He should be ashamed of himself for that irresponsible comments he is incompetent, his reputation has been destroyed if he continues to be president of Spanish football he will destroy game

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Real Madrid veteran set for a 40% salary reduction as part of new contract

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Following Toni Kroos’ departure and speculation over Nacho Fernandez’s imminent move to Saudi Arabia, the potential contract extension of Luka Modric should serve as a breather of fresh air for Real Madrid fans.

The Croatian international is set to continue for another season at Santiago Bernabeu. His experience and leadership will play a key role in an otherwise young Real Madrid midfield unit.

Numbers behind Modric’s new contract

As Modric gears up for a new contract at Real Madrid, a recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered details of his new deal at the Bernabeu.

It appears the Croatian international is ready to settle for a pay cut in order to continue at Real Madrid.

During the 2023/24 campaign, Modric’s net salary was around €10 million. However, there will be a substantial 40% reduction in his salary in the new deal.

Modric to take a pay cut at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

That means Modric is set to earn around €6 million net salary for the 2024/25 campaign. The terms of the new deal have been approved by the player’s entourage as well.

Set for greatness in 24/25

At the age of 38, Modric has already broken several records, including becoming the oldest player to represent Real Madrid.

But the former Tottenham midfielder could achieve much more in the coming season. If he retires by the end of next season, he will become the oldest player to retire at Real Madrid, at the age of 39. Not to mention, the midfielder will turn 40 in September 2025.

In addition, Modric currently holds six Champions League titles – equalling the tally of the legendary Paco Gento.

If the Croatian ends up winning the UCL title once again, he will create history by becoming the player with the most Champions League titles in the history of football.

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