three people arrested by the police in Valencia

Spanish police announced on Tuesday that they had arrested three people as part of the “hate crime” investigation against Vinicius Junior, which opened on Monday.

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Spanish referee De Burgos Bengoetxea tries to calm down Real Madrid's Brazilian Vinicius Junior, during their Valencia-Real match on May 21, 2023. (JOSE JORDAN/AFP)

A day after Real Madrid filed a “hate crime” complaint and the Valencian prosecutor’s office opened an investigation into it, Spanish police arrested three people. “The police arrested three young people today in Valencia for racist behavior during Sunday’s match between Valencia and Real Madrid”police said on Tuesday, May 23.

These arrests come after four other people were arrested earlier by police. They are suspected of having hung a mannequin with the image of this same Vinicius on the sidelines of the Madrid derby between Atlético and Real last January. This latest episode of racism against the Brazilian, and its global repercussions, seems to prompt the authorities to move forward quickly.

The Valencia club, via a press release [en espagnol]repeated “his strongest condemnation and categorical stance against racism” and announced that he wanted to turn against the culprits “his most severe measure: deport them for life”. The Spanish Superior Council of Sport (CSD) said for its part that it was analyzing the images to identify itself “the perpetrators of such insults and behaviors propose the appropriate sanctions”.

The Spanish Football Federation, for its part, replaced the video referee, who hadn’t shown all the images regarding the events that led to Vinicius’ expulsion, for the next match.

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