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La Liga president proposes ambassadorial role for Vinicius after retirement

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Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr. has been a constant target of racist abuse in recent years and it is fair to say that the Brazilian is the most vilified player in La Liga.

Vinicius has faced racial slurs quite frequently in away matches, which has led to strong reaction from the player himself, who has been quite critical of La Liga’s inaction.

Javier Tebas, in particular, has been the subject of much criticism. Although the La Liga president has acknowledged the racism Vinicius has faced in La Liga, many believe the Spaniard has not taken any substantial measures to curb this problem.

Tebas’ olive branch to Vinicius

In a recent media interaction (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Javier Tebas yet again spoke about the racism faced by Vinicius Junior.

Tebas participated in the presentation of an agreement between La Liga and the Ministry of Inclusion regarding the fight against racism in football. When asked about Vinicius’ situation, Tebas highlighted the player’s leadership in this fight.

Vinicius has been a victim of constant racism in La Liga (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The La Liga president went on to claim that Vinicius could be the league’s ambassador after his retirement.

“Vinicius receives racist insults because he is a leader against the fight for racism,” Tebas said.

“He cannot be an ambassador for La Liga because he is an active player, but when he retires we will obviously propose it to him.”

Tebas also addressed the broader issue of racism in Spanish football, saying: “Spain is not a racist country, there is obviously racist behaviour.

“I am not going to talk about the number because as soon as there is one, we have to fight to eradicate it. Spain lacks awareness that good people have to speak up.”

As Spanish clubs prepare for the 2024/25 campaign, Tebas’ main objective will be to curb these racist incidents against players across all the stadiums.

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Real Madrid occupy second place in UEFA coefficient rankings, behind Manchester City

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With the 2024/25 season only a month away, UEFA have released the latest coefficient rankings for clubs and Real Madrid occupy the second position in the standings, behind Manchester City.

The new season removes the oldest of the five seasons that count towards the rankings from the overall tally and instead adds the one yet to be played, which is currently at zero because none of the big teams have played yet.

And, as like last year, Real Madrid continue to be in the second position behind Manchester City despite having won the UEFA Champions League in the campaign gone by.

With the elimination of points from the 2019/20 season, the ranking is altered to give value to the latest campaigns, but even so, Real Madrid are still unable to overtake City.

Source: UEFA

Pep Guardiola’s side have 123,000 points to Real Madrid’s 119,000 while Bayern Munich sit third with 108,000 points. Liverpool take up the fourth position.

Real Madrid have won two Champions League titles to Manchester City’s one in the last five years.

But Guardiola’s side have managed to reach at least the semi-finals, as well as two finals, in all the editions that count towards the current ranking. That has allowed them to rack up a considerable number of points and still lead the standings.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s arch-rivals, Barcelona have dropped to the 18th position in the standings while Atletico Madrid are just a place above them in the 17th spot.

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