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Vinicius Junior blasts ‘silent’ La Liga

'Racists continue to go to stadiums and watch the biggest club in the world up close and La Liga continues to do nothing, says Brazilian forward
Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior.
Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior.
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Reuters   |   Madrid   |   Published 02.01.23, 05:24 AM

Real Madrid’s Brazilian forward Vinicius Jr on Saturday accused La Liga of continuing to do nothing about racist fans at matches, after videos on social media showed fans shouting abuse and throwing objects at him at a match a day earlier.

La Liga issued a statement condemning all forms of hate speech and saying it was following up on instances of racism at the match.


Vinicius appeared to be subjected to abuse at the Jose Zorrilla stadium in Valladolid as he walked past fans after being substituted in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Real Valladolid on Friday.

“Racists continue to go to stadiums and watch the biggest club in the world up close and La Liga continues to do nothing,” Vinicius wrote on Twitter. “I will continue with my head held high and celebrating my victories and those of Madrid.”

In September Atletico Madrid fans were filmed directing racist chants at the 22-year-old outside their Metropolitano Stadium ahead of a match against Real.

In its statement on Saturday, the league said it was looking into Friday’s match.

“La Liga has detected racist insults from the stands of the Zorrilla stadium, published on social networks,” the Spanish top-flight league said. “These facts will be reported to the Public Prosecutor’s Office for hate crimes,” it said.

The league detailed how it had addressed incidents of racist abuse in the past and said it will continue to fight against “the scourge of violence, racism, xenophobia and intolerance in sport”.

Suarez joins Gremio

Montevideo: Uruguay striker Luis Suarez joins Brazilian Serie A side Gremio on a free transfer on a two-year contract until the end of 2024, the club announced on Saturday.

Suarez bid farewell to his boyhood club Nacional in October after three months in which he scored eight goals in 16 games and won the Uruguayan championship.

Previously the 35-year-old enjoyed success in Europe with Ajax Amsterdam, Liverpool, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Suarez joins the Porto Alegre-based Gremio after spending Christmas in Rosario, Argentina with Lionel Messi.

Gremio will kick off 2023 by playing in the Recopa Gaucha Super Cup against Sao Luiz on January 17. 


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