Real Madrid's talented footballer, Vinicius Junior, has taken to Instagram to share a compilation of the appalling racist insults he has endured from the stands in recent months. This disturbing revelation sheds light on the persisting issue of racism in Spanish football, and the urgency for concrete measures to combat this societal scourge.
The Plague of Racism in Spanish Football Revealed by Vinicius Junior
Vinicius Junior's most recent encounter with uncivilized outbursts occurred during Real Madrid's visit to Valencia. In response, the Brazilian player went as far as expressing his contemplation of leaving Spain, labelling it "the country of racists." This distressing incident triggered support from both his club, Real Madrid, and his home country, Brazil, leading to the initiation of legal procedures aimed at protecting the young footballer from further abuse.
Compiling the evidence of the heinous insults he has endured since September 19 of the previous year up until the Valencia match, Vinicius exposed the disturbing truth. The primary perpetrators, representing clubs such as Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Valladolid, Mallorca, and Valencia, directed racist slurs towards him, referring to him as a monkey, imitating monkey sounds, and degrading him by using derogatory terms such as "a stupid black man" or simply "a black man."
Calls for Action Against Racism Grow Louder
In an impassioned statement, Vinicius wrote, "Every round away from home is an unpleasant surprise. And there were many this season. Death wishes, hanged doll, many criminal screams...
All registered. But the speech always falls on “isolated cases”, “a fan”. No, these are not isolated cases. They are continuous episodes spread across several cities in Spain (and even in a television program).
The evidence is there in the video." The Real Madrid star further questioned the lack of accountability and consequences for these racist individuals, asking, "Now I ask: how many of these racists had names and photos exposed on websites? I answer to make it easier: zero.
None to tell a sad story or make those fake public apologies." Vinicius lamented the absence of legal measures to criminalize such behavior and urged sporting institutions to take action against offending clubs. He also called upon sponsors to hold La Liga accountable and criticized television networks for their complacency in broadcasting these acts of barbarity week after week.
The severity of the problem at hand has reached a critical point where traditional modes of communication have proven ineffective. Vinicius made it clear that he does not seek to justify any criminal acts in retaliation but implored everyone involved to recognize the inhumane nature of such behavior.
He emphasized, "What is missing to criminalize these people? And punish clubs sportingly? Why don't sponsors charge La Liga? Don't televisions bother to broadcast this barbarity every weekend? The problem is very serious and communications no longer work. Not blaming me to justify criminal acts either. You are not football, you are inhuman."