Madrid (EFE) at the Mestalla stadium.
In an interview on Radio Cable’s La Cafetera program, Garzón has assured that “racism is very inoculated in specific parts of the fans” and has referred especially to the fans “that are more ultra with a very defined right-wing ideological perimeter radical”.
Garzón has insisted that the institutions must ensure the proper functioning of football and sport and for this reason he has asked them to be forceful with this type of case, and specifically has demanded that the League be especially forceful “with sanctions and new designs so that this doesn’t happen again.”
Vinicius’s agency charges hard against Spanish football
The Brazilian’s representation agency denounced in a statement what happened in Mestalla with his player, “immobilized in a cowardly, violent and unacceptable way”, and attacked Spanish football and LaLiga by assuring that “they do not accept that the most decisive athlete” is ” a young black man.
“During the match between Valencia and Real Madrid, we have witnessed scenes of widespread, intentional and already institutionalized racism, which are some of the most disgusting in the history of football.
Three years after the world was shocked by a video in which George Floyd was brutally immobilized, today, the entire world has witnessed an event in which Vinícius has been immobilized in a cowardly, violent and unacceptable way during an argument.” , denounced in a statement TFM.
He then made a direct attack on LaLiga pointing to racism. “This is just another reflection of what has been seen throughout this LaLiga season, in which it has become clear to the entire world that in all of Spain, they do not accept the role of a young black man. That they do not accept that the most decisive and relevant athlete in LaLiga is a young black man”.
“LaLiga’s veiled consent to all this discrimination was for months a message to all Spaniards, that it does not want to have the best, if they are black. The blacks, in LaLiga, are only accepted if they are coadjuvants, and that, Vini will never be. Neither in the field nor outside of them, ”he sentenced.
Infantino expresses his solidarity with Vinicius
The president of FIFA, the Swiss Gianni Infantino, has also shown his solidarity with the Brazilian.
“All our solidarity with Vinicius. There is no place for racism in football or in society, and FIFA supports all the players and all the players who have suffered it in their own flesh”, says the top leader of world football in a message published on his social networks .
“The events that occurred during the match between Valencia and Real Madrid show how crucial this fight is,” Infantino points out in his message, in which he recalls that for this “there is a three-step process in FIFA competitions and recommends that it be used at all levels of football.”
“First, the game is stopped and announced. Second, the players leave the field of play and the announcer says that if the attacks continue, the game will be abandoned. The match resumes and, thirdly, if the attacks continue, the match will stop and the three points will go to the opponent. These are the rules that should apply in all countries and in all leagues”, he explains.
“It is clear that it is easier said than done, but we have to do it and we have to support it through education,” the statement from the FIFA president ends.
This message adds to the many that appeared after the meeting, such as that of the President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who condemned the racist insults towards Vinicius and called for “serious measures” to be taken against those responsible.
“It is not fair that a poor young man who succeeded in life and who is becoming one of the best soccer players” should suffer this type of attack, Lula said before beginning the press conference on the balance of his participation in the summit. of G7, where he was the only invited Latin American leader.
Vinicius, who ended up seeing the red card later for hitting the Valencian player Hugo Duro, reacted in his networks and assured that “the prize” that “the racists got” was his expulsion.
“The prize that the racists got was my expulsion. It’s not football, it’s LaLiga ”, he shared her in a story on his official account on his Instagram. Minutes later, Vinícius wrote that in his country, Brazil, Spain is known as a “racist country.”
“A beautiful nation, which welcomed me and the one I love, but which has agreed to export to the world the image of a racist country. I am sorry for the Spanish who do not agree, but today, in Brazil, Spain is known as a country of racists.
And unfortunately, for everything that happens every week, I have no way to defend it. I agree,” he continued. “But I am strong and I will go to the end against the racists. Even if it is far from here, ”he added.
“It was not the first time, nor the second, nor the third. Racism is normal in La Liga. The competition considers it normal, the Federation also and the rivals encourage it. I’m so sorry. The championship that once belonged to Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano and Messi now belongs to the racists,” he said.
Luis Rubiales, president of the RFEF, plans to appear this Monday before the media in the Ciudad del Fútbol de Las Rozas, since the organization is dismayed and understands that these attitudes must be eradicated, for which it has already urged that they be activated urgently the protocols so that the most forceful measures are adopted immediately under the respect of the sports rules and sanctions without being delayed with judicial resources, as well as insisting on the clubs to collaborate in ending these events as soon as possible.
The president of LaLiga, Javier Tebas, responded to the Brazilian striker and urged him to find out “properly before criticizing and insulting LaLiga”. “Since those who should not explain to you what LaLiga is and what it can do in cases of racism, we have tried to explain it to you, but you have not shown up for either of the two agreed dates that you requested yourself.
Before criticizing and insulting LaLiga, you need to inform yourself properly,” Tebas wrote on his official Twitter account.
“Don’t let yourself be manipulated and make sure you fully understand each other’s powers and the work we have been doing together,” completed the president of LaLiga, who insisted that as in previous cases he will investigate the facts and recalled that in such situations he has filed a complaint nine times in the last two seasons before the RFEF Competition Committee, the Anti-Violence Commission and the courts.
Carlo Ancelotti, the Real Madrid coach, qualified his harsh press conference in a subsequent message in which he assured that it had been “a sad day at Mestalla, where a group of fans” had “shown their worst version” and that it was “time to stop speaking and acting forcefully” because “racism cannot have a place in football or in society”, and Vinicius’s teammates unequivocally closed ranks towards the Brazilian. Even the Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois assured that if the winger had wanted to retire from the field, he would have gone with him.
Valencia, in turn, announced last night that it had located two supporters suspected of having uttered racist insults against the Real Madrid winger after viewing the images from the security cameras and confirmed its intention to go “to the end” against these fans.