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Vinicius Jr calls for lifetime bans for racist abuse: “They must pay in some way”

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Speaking to TV Globo (h/t ESPN), Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr has insisted that fans who direct racist abuse towards footballers should be handed lifetime bans from stadiums.

The Brazilian was subjected to racist abuse by a section of Atletico Madrid supporters ahead of the derby last month. The incident occurred outside Atleti’s Civitas Metropolitano Stadium while racist chants continued to be shouted at him during the match.

The Anti-Violence Commission in Spain has issued sanctions against the culprits, but Vinicius Jr has now asked for those involved to be handed lifetime bans so that similar incidents do not occur in the future.

“If you hurt other people, you must pay. It’s hard to say that [racism in soccer] will end with so many people still doing it. But I like to believe that there are more good people than bad.

“All the racist people must pay in some way. If they like to watch soccer, so those Atletico Madrid fans should never be allowed to step foot in a stadium again. That will make them suffer the consequences and reflect on their actions,” he said.

Following the incident, Vinicius earned a huge wave of support from footballing personalities, with the likes of Pele, Ronaldo, Neymar Jr all showing solidarity with the Real Madrid superstar.

Atletico Madrid also condemned the act and confirmed that they will work with authorities to find the persons responsible for the vile act.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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