Real Madrid files new complaint after more fan racist abuse of Vinicius

AP , Tuesday 19 Mar 2024

Real Madrid filed a new complaint with Spanish state prosecutors on Monday following reports of more hate chants aimed at forward Vinicius Júnior in the Spanish league.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid s Vinicius Junior argues to referee Juan Martinez Munuera during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Osasuna and Real Madrid at the El Sadar stadium in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday, March 16, 2023. AP


The club also filed a complaint with the Spanish Football Federation disciplinary committee against the referee of Saturday’s match at Osasuna for not including in his match report the alleged “Die, Vinicius” chants by local fans at El Sadar Stadium.

Madrid called the match report by referee Juan Martínez Munuera “negligent.”

“The official omitted, in voluntary and deliberate fashion, the insults and humiliating chants directed towards our player on a repeated basis, despite his attention being drawn to them continually by our players as they were happening,” Madrid said in a statement late Monday.

Madrid last week asked prosecutors to investigate reported racist chants targeting the Brazil international outside the stadiums of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona before their Champions League games.

Madrid has asked prosecutors to try to “identify the perpetrators of the abuse” against its player.

“Real Madrid once again condemns these violent attacks of racism, discrimination and hate and demands that measures finally be taken in order to eradicate the violence to which our player Vinícius Júnior has been subjected,” the club said.

On Thursday, Vinicius retweeted a video that showed Atletico fans jumping and chanting “Vinícius chimpanzee” before the team played Inter Milan on Wednesday.

There were also reports of hate chants against Vinícius before the Barcelona-Napoli match on Tuesday, when Barcelona fans also allegedly chanted “Die, Vinícius” before the team’s 3-1 win.

Vinicius, who is Black, has been relentlessly targeted by racist slurs during away games in Spain, especially in the last two seasons.

The Spanish league has also reported some of the abuse aimed at Vinicius to Spanish prosecutors.

In 2023, Atletico fans hanged an effigy of Vinicius from a bridge in Madrid before a city derby. Prosecutors sought four-year prison sentences for the four hardcore fans accused by authorities of committing the act.

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)

Short link: