The Spanish justice announces the opening of an investigation after the racist insults against Vinicius Junior

Once again targeted with racial slurs during Real Madrid’s match against Valencia on Sunday, the Brazilian striker has seen the Spanish courts seize the case.

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Vinicius Junior during the Valencia-Real Madrid match, at the Mestalla stadium, on May 21, 2023. (DAVID ALIAGA / AFP)

The case takes a new turn. In the aftermath of the match between Valencia and Real Madrid (0-1), during which Vinicius Junior from Madrid and his club denounced racist insults against the attacker, the Valencian prosecutor’s office opened an investigation on Monday 22 May for ” alleged hate crime”. , AFP learns from judicial sources. This criminal category includes racial slurs.

In front of the press, the president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, acknowledged that Spanish football has “an issue of racism“, which, he added, “it contaminates an entire team, all the fans, an entire countryA recurring evil within the Spanish league for which the federation has asked for the adoption of “stronger measures“, which could go as far as closing the stands, or even the stadiums in the event of a repeat offense, as well as referral to the State Commission against Violence, Xenophobia and Racism in Sport.

The Spanish government joins the dance

If Real Madrid and AFE, the main players’ union in Spain, have already announced that they have filed a complaint with the Spanish public prosecutor’s office, i.e. nationwide, policies have also entered into controversy. Indeed, the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, stated “a firm response” against this phenomenon which “shows that racism is deeply rooted in some specific groups of supporters (…)“.

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