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Real Madrid attacker once again a subject of racial abuse
Over the past year or two, La Liga has attracted a lot of unwanted attention due to rampant racism in stadiums.
Especially in the ongoing campaign, Vinicius Junior has been one of the players who has faced countless racial abuse by opposition fans. According to MARCA, Vinicius was a subject of such racial abuse once again during Real Madrid’s game against Real Betis in Seville.
The Brazilian forward was called a “monkey” by the fans, which is an abhorrent and racist slur. This is not the first time Vinicius Junior has been subjected to racial abuse. He has been a victim of racist abuse on multiple occasions in the past.
Vinicius has been quite vocal about the issue and has criticised La Liga in the past. He has urged the governing authority to take more action in curbing racism inside the stadium.
La Liga itself has been vocal about the issue, with its president Javier Tebas publicly issuing threats against the perpetrators while announcing several measures in an attempt to curb racism in football stadiums.
But Vinicius, for one, has continued to face immense discrimination in stadiums. It is a worrying prospect for not only the player and Real Madrid, but also for Spanish football, at large.
In addition to racism, the Spanish footballing authority has also faced criticism for its lack of quality referees, while its Financial Fair Play rules have been met with backlash from Spanish clubs themselves, including FC Barcelona.
Nevertheless, La Liga’s number one priority should be to take further measures to curb racism in football stadiums and ensure a safe environment for players such as Vinicius.
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Rival watch: Barcelona midfielder essentially ruled out of Real Madrid clash
In what could be a real deal breaker for Real Madrid ahead of their Copa del Rey semi-final second leg clash against Barcelona, it has been revealed that as many as three Barça will be absent from the game while another key player remains a major doubt.
The list includes the likes of Pedri, Ousmane Dembele and Andreas Christensen. The trio is certain to miss the game through respective injuries while a certain Frenkie de Jong is more or less ruled out, as per Javi Miguel.
It must be remembered that Barcelona are heading into the second leg with a 1-0 advantage. But the absence of the aforementioned players means Madrid can work on exploiting the frailties.
Despite the absence of such big names, Barcelona did pretty well against Elche in their previous outing, coming out 4-0 victorious, with the goals coming from Robert Lewandowski, Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres.
With options lacking in midfield, Xavi decided to use the likes of Sergi Roberto and Eric Garcia along with Gavi in the heart of the lineup. In any way, they do have Sergio Busquets and Franck Kessie as backups if needed.
The defence, on the other hand, was perfectly guarded by Jordi Alba, Marcos Alonso, Ronald Araujo and Jules Kounde.
One can expect Xavi to once again interchange Araujo with Kounde on the right since the Uruguayan has been rather successful in minimizing the threat of Vinicius Jr.
As far as Madrid are concerned, they are sweating over the fitness of three key defenders, namely, Antonio Rudiger, Nacho, and Ferland Mendy. Between these three, the Frenchman is out for about a month while Rudiger and Nacho are expected to be back before the Clasico.
If there are no casualties against Real Valladolid, Madrid will have a perfect midfield and attack, with only Mariano Diaz missing.