Real Madrid call racist insults against Vinicius a ‘hate crime’ and announce to file charges

The Madrid club announced on Monday it would take legal action in Spain after its Brazilian player Vinicius Junior suffered racist abuse on the Valencia pitch on Sunday.

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Brazilian Vinicius supported by his teammates Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao, after he suffered racist insults during the Valencia-Real Madrid match on May 21, 2023. (JOSE MIGUEL FERNANDEZ / AFP)

After the media support of several players (Neymar, Mbappé…) and the International Football Federation (Fifa), through a press release from its president Gianni Infantino, Real Madrid has decided to place the debate at a judicial level. The Madrid club announced on Monday 22 May that it had filed a complaint with the Spanish prosecutor after the racist insults suffered by its Brazilian striker Vinicius on Sunday in Valencia.

Real Madrid condemns the events that took place yesterday [dimanche] against our player Vinicius Junior and strongly opposes”wrote the merengue club, which decided to file this complaint so that a “opening of investigation” on these insults which constitute legally, according to the club, a “hate crime”. “These facts constitute a direct attack on our model of coexistence of our social and democratic rule of law”insists Real Madrid.

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