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Spanish police arrest three individuals over racial abuse charges against Vinicius Jr

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According to BBC, police in Spain have arrested three young fans in Valencia over the charges of racial abuse targeted towards Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr. Local police have confirmed that the culprits are aged between 18 and 21.

Real Madrid’s 0-1 defeat at the hands of Valencia was marred by a series of unfortunate incidents.

The match was paused in the second half when the footballer complained to the referee about Valencia fans making racist chants against him. “I don’t want to play anymore,” he said to the official.

Later in the game, he got into an altercation with the Valencia goalkeeper before slapping one of the players which prompted the referee to give him his marching orders, although none of the Valencia stars who were involved in the melee were punished.

After the game, the 22-year-old made a prompt comment on the incident, saying that “La Liga belongs to racists.” 

Reacting to his comment, La Liga president Javier Tebas said that Vinicius has been invited to the meetings to discuss what it “can do in cases of racism” but the footballer has never turned up. Tebas added that “Before you criticise and slander La Liga, you need to inform yourself properly.”

All this has put Real Madrid in a difficult state as it is said that the footballer’s continuity is not guaranteed

While these are nothing but floating rumours, the problem continues to persist and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has assured Vinicius that the team will take every possible step to defend and support him and ensure actions are taken against those who targeted him with racial slurs during the Valencia clash.

Valencia had vowed to hand lifetime bans to anyone found guilty in the incident and will be doing so to the trio that has been arrested by the police.

Earlier today, the Spanish police had also arrested four other individuals who were involved in the hanging of Vinicius’ effigy off a bridge ahead of the Madrid derby. While the arrest is a positive step, it is sad that it happened as many as three months after the incident had occurred.

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National team manager reveals plans for Real Madrid wonderkid at the Euros

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Following a solid end to his debut campaign at Real Madrid, Arda Guler is all set to play a key part for Turkey at the UEFA Euro 2024.

The 19-year-old wonderkid struggled with injuries during the first half of the last season at Real Madrid but eventually made the most of his chances towards the final phase of the campaign.

All in all, Guler finished the 2023/24 season with a tally of six goals from 12 matches, winning La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.

Vincenzo Montella’s plans for Guler with Turkey

A special talent like Guler, who is attracting a lot of interest heading into the summer, has what it takes to be a differential player for the Turkish national team.

Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella. (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Ahead of their Euro opener against Georgia next week, Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella gave an insight into how he plans to use the Real Madrid youngster – whether as a starter or from the bench, and his position.

“Arda generally played on the right wing in both Fenerbahçe and Real Madrid. If he played alone, he could be number ten, but for now, he seems to be closer to playing on the right wing,” said Montella (h/t Sporx).

On whether Guler is ready to start in the major European tournament, he added: “The most important thing is to be able to establish balance well. He played well in the last match, and we have the desire to start with him. However, I am still in the decision stage.”

So far, Guler has made seven appearances for the Turkish national team, in which he has netted one goal. And, he will be looking forward to adding to that tally at the Euros, whether he starts as a right-winger or a No. 10.

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