LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)-The president of La Liga has advised Vinicius to “inform yourself properly” despite the fact that he received additional racist taunts during Real Madrid’s most recent La Liga match.
Javier Tebas, the man in charge of Spain’s top-flight football, gave that surprising reply.
Following the antics of some Valencia fans at the Mestalla on Sunday, La Liga has come under fire once more.
Vinicius named a few of those involved as authorities threatened to halt the match permanently.
The international player from Brazil, who has experienced racial slurs frequently this season, wrote on social media following the incident: “It wasn’t the first time, nor the second, nor the third. In La Liga, racism is commonplace.
“The competition thinks it’s normal, the [Spanish Football] Federation does too and the opponents encourage it.
“I’m so sorry. The championship that once belonged to Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi today belongs to racists.”
Tebas responded to the South American in a post of his own, but took no responsibility for La Liga’s failure to rid itself of the discriminatory acts that continue to tarnish its image.
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He said: “We have tried to explain to you what La Liga is and what it can do in cases of racism, but you have not shown up to either of the two agreed dates that you yourself requested. Before criticizing and insulting La Liga, you need to inform yourself properly Vinicius.
“Don’t let yourself be manipulated and make sure you understand the work we have been doing together.”
Vinicius has the complete support of those in his native Brazil, despite his continued criticism of La Liga for its lack of sponsorship.
“How long are we going to experience, in the middle of the 21st century, episodes like the one we just witnessed, once again, in La Liga?” the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) asked in a message posted on the organization’s social media platforms.
“How long will humanity remain just a spectator and an accomplice in cruel acts of racism?
“How long will we need to remember that it’s a crime?
“How long are we going to have to fight for concrete and effective attitudes on and off the fields?
“There is no joy where there is racism.
“You have all our affection and that of all Brazilians, @vinijr
“Not only you, but everyone who has suffered and is suffering from this worldwide disease, which is racism.”
Brazil’s President, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, has said: “It is not fair that a poor boy who is winning in his life, becoming one of the best in the world, certainly the best at Real Madrid, is insulted in every stadium he goes to.”
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The nation’s human rights minister, Silvio Almeida, furthered this statement on Twitter by stating: “The behavior of Spanish authorities and of the entities that govern its soccer is criminal.”
Vinicius, 22, is set to receive punishment from La Liga after being dismissed from a game against Valencia that made headlines for all the wrong reasons.
He is currently waiting to see if any action will be taken in response to the most recent abuse he has endured.