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Valencia hit with partial stadium closure, €45,000 fine after racist attacks against Vinicius Jr



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Sunday brought with it one of the most traumatising nights in Vincius Jr’s professional career. At the Mestalla Stadium with close to 50,000 fans in the stands, the youngster was subjected to repeated racial abuse as the game took an ugly turn.

While he had remained silent on occasions before, he did not hesitate to hit out at La Liga on social media this time around for their sheet negligence to the burning topic. Such was the profound effect of the incident on the Brazilian that rumours of his possible departure began doing the rounds.

Valencia CF promptly rushed into action and scanned the camera footage to identify the fans who triggered such nasty abuses. Having identified a good chunk of them, the administration have announced a lifetime ban for the individuals. However, the hosts on the night will also be forced to pay a hefty price for the actions of their supporters.

As revealed by Carrusel Deportivo, the Competition Committee has decided to hand Valencia both economic and sporting sanctions for Sunday’s incident.

For starters, the Mestalla will only be permitted to run at partial capacity for the next five games. The Mario Kempes stand, which was the stand from where the racist slur began, will be closed for the aforementioned period. Further, Los Che will be fined €45,000 for the antics of their fans.

The controversy on the night did not end with the story on the stands. Vinicius’ sending off in the penultimate minute after a VAR intervention only aggravated the situation and it later came to light that the VAR official sent biased images to the on-field referee to have the Brazilian dismissed.

It appears that the latest events will not push Vini Jr into a premature departure from the club. If appropriate action is not taken, however, the situation could change.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target



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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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