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Three Valencia fans sentenced to eight months in prison after racially abusing Vinicius Jr

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A report from Mundo Deportivo reveals that more than a year after the racist incidents at Mestalla, involving Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr., three Valencia fans finally have faced legal consequences. 

These individuals have been sentenced to eight months in prison and have been banned from entering football stadiums for two years due to their racist remarks directed at the Real Madrid forward.

This incident took place during Matchday 35 of the 2022-23 league season. During this match, some Valencia fans shouted xenophobic insults at Vinicius. 

The identification of the offenders was swift; Vinicius Jr. identified one of them, while the other two were caught on camera at Mestalla shortly after the match.

Finally some justice for Vinicius

The punishment handed down to these fans is notable because it is both severe and unprecedented in Spanish legal history for such offences.

This incident and the subsequent legal action highlight a significant stance against racism in Spanish football.

The racist abuse directed at Vinicius in 2023 garnered international attention. This led to widespread support for the Brazilian, who has been vocal about condemning such behaviour and has become a prominent advocate in the fight against racism in sports.

Vinicius Jr suffered racial abuse against Valencia in 2023. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP) (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Valencia took immediate action upon identifying the culprits. The club expelled the guilty fans from their membership and cooperated with La Liga from the outset. 

In addition to these actions, the Competition Committee closed the Curva Nord section of the stadium and fined Valencia €27,000.

Javier Tebas is satisfied

La Liga president Javier Tebas commented on the court ruling, expressing his satisfaction. 

He stated that this decision represents a significant victory in the fight against racism in Spain. 

It not only addresses the wrong done to Vinicius Jr. but also sends a clear and strong message to anyone who considers using football matches as a platform for abuse. 

“This ruling is great news regarding the fight against racism in Spain, as it rectifies the wrong suffered by Vinícius Jr and sends a clear message to those people who go to a football stadium to hurl abuse. 

“La Liga will identify them, report them and there will be criminal consequences for them.

“I understand that there may be some frustration at the length of time it takes for these sentences to be handed down, but this shows that Spain is a country that guarantees judicial integrity. 

“As such, we at La Liga can only respect the pace of justice, but once again demand that Spanish legislation evolves so La Liga has sanctioning powers that can speed up the fight against racism,” he said.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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