As the world fights to remove racism from football, isolated incidents like the events at Jose Zorilla in Real Madrid’s latest game still continue to occur. There is, theoretically, strict action being taken against such perpetrators but it is clear that more stringent regulations are required.
Vinicius Jr was the victim of voracious racist chants when Los Blancos played Real Valladolid earlier this week. Several sections of the audience targeted the Brazilian star, who had faced racist hurls during the match against Atletico Madrid as well.
Valladolid have released an official club statement in light of the events and declared that they condemn racism in any form and regret the incident.
“Real Valladolid condemns absolutely any form of racism and regrets what happened. There is no room for racism in football and society, so the club is determined to implement more and more measures to raise awareness, avoid and combat any similar episode.”
They further added that they would be willing to assist La Liga in investigating the incident and assured that disciplinary measures would be taken against any found perpetrators. The club closed their statement by stating that the isolated incidents did not represent the vast majority of its fans.
On Saturday, Vinicius came out on his social media to hit out at La Liga and Javier Tebas that the league continued to throw a blind eye to racism, bringing some much-needed attention to the subject.
While Tebas defended the league’s position and spoke on the various measured being taken, the Brazilian’s backlash has accelerated the investigations. One hopes that the offenders are brought to justice at the earliest to send a strong message against such behaviour.
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.