Friday, October 27, 2023

“Spain arrests 7 linked to racial abuse against Vinícius Júnior”


Spanish police have arrested seven individuals for racially abusing Real Madrid player Vinícius Júnior. Three were detained in Valencia for alleged abuse during a Spanish league match on Sunday, while four were arrested in Madrid for hanging an effigy of the player off a highway bridge in January. The arrests follow an outpouring of support for Vinícius after he said he was abused in Valencia, prompting widespread reaction from sports figures and government officials in Spain and worldwide. Vinícius, who is Black, has been subjected to repeated racist taunts since he arrived in Spain five years ago, and especially this season after he began celebrating his goals by dancing. The Spanish league has filed nine criminal complaints of cases of racial abuse against Vinícius in the last two seasons, with most of them being shelved by prosecutors.

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