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Official: Valencia to issue lifetime bans for fans who racially abused Vinicius Jr



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Not much is being said about Real Madrid’s defeat to Valencia on Sunday night. While a part of it was because the result was irrelevant, the episode of racism at Mestalla was the major reason for its overshadowing.

There was no end to the abuse hurled at Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr on the night and there has been clear evidence of the same caught on footage. In what comes as a massive development, Valencia CF have promptly spotted the instances on footage and subsequently released an official statement of their plan of action.

“Valencia CF will ban for life the fans who racially abused Vinícius Jr. The Club strongly condemn this behaviour, which has no place in football and does not correspond to the values of Valencia CF and our fanbase,” they said in their formal statement.

Confirming that they had identified one fan who abused Vinicius and were starting proceedings against him, Los Che said:

“The police has identified a fan who made racist gestures at Real Madrid’s Vinícius Jr in the Matchday 35 match at Mestalla on May 21st. The club are also working along with the police to confirm the identity of any other potential offenders.

“Valencia CF have proceeded to open a disciplinary case, will apply the maximum level of severity, including a lifetime stadium ban against the fans involved, and is working closely together with the authorities.”

It is not the first time that the Brazilian has faced such abuse in stadiums. Atletico Madrid, Real Valladolid, Mallorca and Osasuna have already been in the limelight this season for racial insults targeted at the winger by fans.

This time, however, the youngster understandably lost patience. The unjustified red card in the final minute of the game only aggravated his wounds and he lashed out at both La Liga and Spain for encouraging such vices in the game.

“It wasn’t the first time, nor the second, nor the third. Racism is normal in La Liga. The competition thinks it’s normal, the [Spanish Football] Federation does too and the opponents encourage it.”

The latest incident will have no part in deciding Vinicius’ future, for he continues to be committed to the objectives under Carlo Ancelotti. However, he might face a long time on the sidelines for his reaction and could have played his final game of the season last night.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash



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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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