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Reactions: Sporting icons lend support for Vinicius Jr after racist abuse from Valencia fans

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In a heartening display of solidarity and condemnation against racial discrimination in sports, prominent figures from the world of sports have rallied behind Vinicius Junior.

The Real Madrid star, who recently fell victim to racial abuse during a game against Valencia, has garnered widespread support and encouragement from renowned athletes, including Lewis Hamilton, Ronaldinho, Kyle Walker, and Rio Ferdinand.

Leading the charge of support, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, who is known for his unwavering support for social justice and the Black Lives Matter movement. took to social media to express his solidarity with Vinicius Junior. “Standing with you Vinicius,” he posted on Instagram.

Ronaldinho, one of the greatest footballers of all time, joined the chorus of voices denouncing racial discrimination. “No kind of discrimination should be allowed. I hope that the Viní Jr case helps to ban these voices that cause so much harm to the sport from the stadiums. Being black is a Pride!” he stated.

The Pele Foundation, too, has backed Vinicius. Echoing the passion and love of the late Pele, the organisation urged Vinicius to chin up and never stop smiling in the face of adversity.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand also showed unwavering support for Vinicius. He strongly condemned racists and urged the authorities to do more in order to curb the problem.

Former Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale has also offered support to the Brazilian. He condemned the act and also urged authorities to do more.

These are some of many prominent sporting figures who have stood behind Vinicius. Real Madrid, too, have strongly supported the Brazilian and have launched an official complaint against the vile act this morning.

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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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