Real Madrid’s win over Real Valladolid on Friday was overshadowed by racial abuses hurled towards Vinicius Junior by one of the fans.
The Real Madrid winger took to social media to voice his displeasure at being once again made the subject of abuse. He went on to criticise La Liga, accusing the Spanish footballing body of not taking enough actions to curb racism.
La Liga, though, has been quick to respond to the player. In the form of a press release, the body has issued a response, where they have confirmed to have identified the fan that had racially abused Vinicius.
La Liga further said that the report has been sent to the Anti-Violence Commission and Hate Crimes Prosecutor’s office.
“Before the publication of Vinicius Jr, a Real Madrid player, on his social networks, making a comment in which he alludes to the lack of action measures on the part of La Liga in the fight against racism, La Liga has detected racist insults from someone, from the stands of the Zorrilla stadium, published on social networks.
“These events will be reported to the Anti-Violence Commission and the Hate Crimes Prosecutor’s Office,” said the press release (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Prior to this, La Liga president Javier Tebas had taken to Twitter to issue a response on Vinicius’ jibe, as he wrote: “In La Liga, we have been fighting against RACISM for years. Vinicius, it is very unfortunate, unfair and it is not true to publish that La Liga does nothing against racism, get better information.
“We are at your disposal so that ALL TOGETHER, we go in the same direction.”
This is not the first time Vinicius Junior has been made the victim of racial abuse. The winger had been targeted by racist slurs during the derby against Atletico Madrid earlier this season.
La Liga president says Real Madrid won’t have issues with Mbappe salary, praises Bellingham: “Best in the world”
Javier Tebas may be at war with Florentino Perez over the Super League, but the La Liga president has always been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid.
Not too long ago, he spoke extensively about Real Madrid’s possible signings of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, going as far as to state that the Frenchman might have already signed a deal with Los Blancos.
Speaking at the Football Business Summit in London recently, Tebas once again unravelled many questions about Real Madrid’s financial situations while also touching upon Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham.
On finances and Mbappe
He began by praising Los Blancos for navigating their finances with utmost caution during the crucial years of the pandemic in addition to their splendid revenue generation as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.
“Real Madrid have had a very optimal management, before, during and after the pandemic. Madrid have been earning an average of €30 million per year in the last ten years at least.”
“I don’t know what they are going to pay Mbappé, but knowing their financial situation, they are not going to have a problem paying him. I think it will be much less than what PSG pays him,” he added on the speculated arrival of Mbappe.
Speaking about how Real Madrid are able to make such massive signings while other clubs in the league continue to struggle to meet La Liga’s spending limits, the league president said,
“They have removed two large salary burdens in recent years, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. And then they incorporated players with not-so-high investments.
“Real Madrid have then had great benefits, they achieved a significant reduction in the salaries of the players.”
Tebas further stressed the fact that Real Madrid’s financial situation was so rosy that they could invest massive amounts in squad reinforcements without facing any repercussions for the same. He insisted that it was not a bias in any way but a reward for a team that managed situations well.
“We can’t limit the one who is doing well. According to January data, Madrid could invest €700 million euros in transfers. They will not spend that at all, but the situation is so good that they could.”
Praise for Bellingham
Finally, the Spanish administrator praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for his imperious form this season and went as far as to call him the best player in the world.
“Bellingham is currently the best player in the world, for his fitness and his way of playing. It is very important for us to have the best, even if you don’t always have everyone, to grow and for everything.”
“If we are all honest, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and we hope that he will continue like this for many years,” he concluded.