Real Madrid’s Brazilian striker Vinicius Jr on Saturday accused LaLiga of failing to deal with racist fans during matches after videos posted on social media showed fans shouting swear words and throwing objects at him during a match the day before.
LaLiga issued a statement condemning all forms of hate speech and said it was following up on incidents of racism during the match.
Vinicius appeared to be the victim of assault at Valladolid’s Jose Zorrilla stadium as he walked past fans after being substituted in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Real Valladolid on Friday.
“Racists keep going to stadiums to get a close look at the biggest club in the world and LaLiga keeps doing nothing,” Vinicius wrote on Twitter.
Our racists include indos and assistindo ao maior clube do mundo de perto ea @La Liga segue sem fazer nada…
Seguirei de cabeça erguida en comemorando as minhas vitórias e do Madrid.
No final a culpaé MINHA. 🤙🏿 pic.twitter.com/5ztuTjP4s6
—Vini Jr. (@vinijr) December 31, 2022
“I will carry on with my head held high and celebrate my victories and those of Madrid.”
In September, Atletico Madrid fans were filmed directing racist chants at the 22-year-old outside their Wanda Metropolitano stadium ahead of a game against Real.
In its statement on Saturday, the league said it was investigating Friday’s game.
“LaLiga has discovered racist insults from the stands of the Zorrilla stadium, published on social networks,” said the Spanish top league.
“These facts will be reported to the Anti-Violence Commission and the Prosecutor’s Office for hate crimes, as has been done on other occasions,” it said.
The league explained how it had dealt with incidents of racist abuse towards players in the past and said it will continue to fight “the scourge of violence, racism, xenophobia and intolerance in sport”.