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Vinicius Jr’s red card against Valencia annulled by RFEF ahead of Rayo Vallecano clash



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A referee is supposed to be the purest institution in any sport, let alone football. After all, an individual can be entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing and managing a hard-fought game only if he is completely unbiased.

It is not difficult to see why the recent incident in the game between Real Madrid and Valencia caused such an uproar.

Close to 24 hours after the game, the RFEF fired six referees, including the VAR head on the night, for sending ‘biased’ images of the fight between Vinicius Jr and Hugo Duro. Considering the evidence presented to him, the on-field referee decided to give Vini his marching orders while Duro walked with no repercussions.

As of Tuesday night, the Competition Committee declared Vinicius’ red card on the night null and void and annulled any suspension it brought with it. The unprecedented decision came after a long discussion and meeting between the authorities involved. As revealed by MARCA, the official report reads,

“There is an extraordinary, serious and totally unusual circumstance, which determines in our opinion that the decision adopted by the Collegiate reflected in the Act examined here incurs an arbitrary patent.”

“Since it is adopted on an altered and partial factual basis, it is determined that it incurs a manifest lack of validity to base a sanction on it.”

This comes as a relief to Real Madrid who were given the shocking news that Vinicius might have played his last game for the season after the clash against Valencia. A ban of at least three games was expected for the Brazilian, but he will now face no sanction.

The winger can return to the squad as early as tonight’s clash against Rayo Vallecano and can be fielded as a starting option. However, the club have made no official communication regarding his incorporation into the squad yet and the decision will presumably lie with the player himself.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash



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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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