“Hate crime”, the Vinicius affair goes very far


By: Manu Tournoux

Real Madrid have filed a complaint with the official state prosecutor after racist chants were directed at Vinicius Jr by fans of Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona.

Ahead of Atletico’s Champions League match, disturbing videos emerged on social media showing fans using racist slurs, including calling Vinicius Jr. a “chimpanzee.” This abhorrent behavior was not limited to just one occasion, as similar chants were heard during the Copa del Rey round of 16 derby between Atlético and Real Madrid, highlighting the ongoing nature of the problem . Additionally, FC Barcelona fans were also involved in the racism display, with reports indicating that a group of supporters chanted “Vinícius, die” outside the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys before the League match champions of their team against Napoli.

Real Madrid released an official statement which read: “ Real Madrid CF has filed a complaint with the Official State Prosecutor for crimes of hatred and discrimination linked to the racist and hateful insults aimed at our player Vinicius Junior in the areas surrounding the Montjuic Olympic Stadium and the Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid , before the Champions League matches FC Barcelona-Napoli and Atletico de Madrid-Inter Milan. »

“Criminals in the ure”

“Real Madrid calls on prosecutors to ask the security forces for the recordings available at the two sites in order to identify the perpetrators of this violence. Real Madrid condemns these violent racist, discriminatory and hateful attacks against our player Vinicius Junior, which unfortunately constitute a recurring and ongoing concern for some time. Our club will continue to work hard to uphold the values ​​of football and sport as a whole, and will remain steadfast in the fight for a zero tolerance approach to the types of despicable incidents we have seen repeatedly in recent times. time “.

Although the chants took place outside the stadium, La Liga pledged to report the matter to the hate crimes prosecutor’s office, underscoring the seriousness of the situation. Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has praised the club’s zero-tolerance approach to racism and stressed the importance of taking decisive action to combat such misconduct.

The problem is there. Valencia did well after this episode”did he declare. “When we talk about zero tolerance, it’s zero tolerance for us and for everyone. It is necessary to act to avoid these problems and these inglorious episodes which affect everyone, which affect our society. Criminals should not be on the streets”.

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