Vinícius Jr abuse ‘reveals crisis point of racism in Spanish football’
Racism in Spanish football has reached a new crisis after La Liga’s president “reinforced” the idea that Vinícius Jr brings abuse upon himself, the head of European football’s anti-discrimination body has said.
Piara Powar, executive director of the Fare organisation, criticised the response of Javier Tebas to the latest incident of abuse against Vinícius — which has led Real Madrid to lodge a hate crime complaint with national prosecutors — and questioned why the Spanish FA had not clamped down after ten incidents involving the Brazilian winger.
Tebas told Vinícius, 22, to “inform yourself properly” about what La Liga can do about racism after the player criticised the league for viewing the abuse as “normal”. Tebas added: “Do not let yourself be manipulated.”