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Vinicius asked to leave the pitch after receiving racist abuse during Valencia 1-0 Madrid

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Vinicius Junior is no stranger when it comes to seeing the limelight, majorly for his performances on the pitch.

But there have been various instances where the player has been a victim of racial insults this season, primarily in La Liga. In another such, the Brazilian was a victim of racial insult during Real Madrid’s most recent game against Valencia.

Although a non-consequential game for Real Madrid, it was a crucial game for Valencia, who are dipped in the relegation battle this season.

Vinicius was quite involved in the game. He got into an altercation with the Valencia goalkeeper and slapped one of Valencia’s players, which compelled the referee to send him off with a second yellow card.

Just before going down to the touchline, Vinicius had allegedly made remarks about Valencia, suggesting they are going down to the second division, which infuriated both players and the fans.

Ugly scenes ensued when Vinicius complained to the referee about Valencia fans using racist chants against him. “I don’t want to play anymore,” he said to the referee after receiving the racist insults, as quoted by MARCA (h/t MadridXtra).

The stadium announcer was quick to urge supporters to not use racist insults, but another racism incident involving Vinicius is yet another sign of La Liga’s fan culture that has taken a turn for the worse, especially against the Brazilian this season.

In the end, Valencia did win the game 1-0, owing to the first-half goal from Diego Lopez. The result helped the club secure some breathing space from the relegation zone. But they are far from safe, and losing the last three matches of the season could spell trouble for Los Che.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, have relinquished their second place in the league table, with Atletico Madrid winning against Osasuna this weekend.

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Real Madrid’s pursuit of 18-year-old prodigy dependent on captain’s future – report

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Real Madrid will step up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro if Nacho decides to leave the club, according to a report by Agustin Martin in AS.

The situation surrounding Nacho is becoming increasingly uncertain. While he has received a lucrative offer from Al Ittihad, the move has reportedly hit a roadblock.

It is said that Nacho feels that his role in the team has not progressed under coach Ancelotti and his absence from the starting lineup in important matches, like the first leg of the quarterfinals against Manchester City and the Clasico has made him consider leaving the club. 

Furthermore, the recoveries of Eder Militao and David Alaba, along with the presence of Antonio Rudiger and the potential return of Rafa Marin have also influenced his thoughts about his future.

Nacho is aware of market movements

Real Madrid are very much interested in signing Leny Yoro. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Interestingly, it is not just his teammates’ presence that has made Nacho think about leaving. There are strong rumours about Real Madrid signing Leny Yoro as well. 

The plan is to sign Yoro either this summer and possibly loan him out if Nacho stays, or in 2025 to join the first team. 

If Nacho decides to leave, it would pave the way for Yoro to join immediately. This decision depends on Nacho’s willingness to stay for another year or take up one of the offers he has received. 

This means the potential signing of Yoro hinges on Nacho’s decision. If the club captain chooses to leave, Yoro could join Real Madrid this year or next. 

For what it is worth, Yoro would strengthen a defensive lineup where most players, except for Militao and possibly Rafa Marín, are over thirty years old. But for this to happen, Nacho must decide whether to stay at Real Madrid or open the door for Yoro’s arrival.

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