Madrid (EFE).- The Brazilian Vinícius Junior published a video on his networks showing racist insults in stadiums such as Mestalla, the Metropolitano, the Camp Nou, José Zorrilla and Son Moix, together with a message in which he asked for criminalization, ask “until when?” and he remembers that “racism is a crime”.
“Checked. Every day away from home brings an unpleasant surprise. And this season there were many. Death wishes, hanging doll, many criminal screams… All recorded, ”he denounces.
“But the discourse always falls on “isolated cases”, “an amateur”. No, they are not isolated cases. They are continuous episodes spread across several cities in Spain (and even in a television program). The evidence is there, in the video. Now I ask you: how many of these racists had their names and photos posted on web pages? I answer to make it easier: zero. None to tell a sad story or apologize publicly, ”he adds.
In the video there are scenes from Mestalla in which they call him a “monkey” at his entrance to the stadium and from various points in the stands before the incident, as well as what happened at one of the entrances to the Metropolitan before the derby, a cry of “black bastard” and “black shit” when he retired for the band in Pucela along with the guttural sound of several fans.
Also a chant “Vinícius die” at the Camp Nou or the cry “go pick bananas!” in Mestalla, in addition to showing the doll painted black hanging from a bridge in Madrid with his shirt. “Until when?” asks the Brazilian player at the end of the video in letters on black. “Racism is a crime.”
Vinícius asked for a strong hand. “What is missing to criminalize these people? And punish the clubs sportingly? Why don’t sponsors charge La Liga? Don’t television stations bother to broadcast this barbarism every weekend? The problem is very serious and press releases are no longer useful. Blaming to justify criminal acts either. It is not football, it is inhumane ”, he sentenced. EFE
The Brazilian Minister of Justice, Flávio Dino, stated that Brazil is considering adopting the principle of extraterritoriality in the case of racist attacks against the soccer player if it considers that the Spanish authorities are omitting them.
“We are studying the possibility of applying the principle known as extraterritoriality. The Penal Code provides that, in some exceptional situations, it is possible to apply Brazilian law in case of crimes against Brazilians even abroad,” the minister said in statements to journalists.
Dino clarified that for now it is about studying the possibilities in “the eventuality that we consider that the Spanish authorities are omitted.”
In a message that he posted on his Twitter account, he clarified that the Criminal Code provides that the Brazilian Justice can make use of the principle, if the Government requests it, as an “extreme remedy” for a crime.
The Christ the Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro remains in the dark in solidarity with Vinícius Júnior
The Christ the Redeemer, the monumental statue that crowns the Corcovado hill, the highest symbol of the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, remained in the dark on Monday night for an hour in solidarity with Vinícius Júnior.
The lights that illuminate the 709-meter statue of Christ with open arms were turned off at 6:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. GMT) and turned on an hour later.
“The Cristo Redentor Archdiocesan Shrine repudiates the racist attacks suffered by the Brazilian soccer player Vinícius Júnior on Sunday, May 21, during the match between Real Madrid and Valencia,” by the Spanish League, the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro reported in a statement.
The lighting was switched off for an hour as a “symbol of the collective fight against racism and in solidarity with the footballer and all those who suffer from prejudice in the world,” the note announced.
The striker for Real Madrid and the Brazilian team said he was moved by the act of support in a message he posted on his social networks.
“Black is important. The Christ the Redeemer was like this recently. An action of solidarity that excites me. But I want, above all, to inspire and bring more light to our fight”, he affirmed.
Vinicius, coming from one of the municipalities in the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro, began his sports career in this Brazilian city. Today he thanked all the support he has received, both from Brazil and from around the world.
Iglesias Villanueva will not continue in the VAR after the Mestalla controversy
The Royal Spanish Football Federation has agreed with the Technical Committee of Referees to dispense with Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva after what happened in Mestalla, when from the VAR only the blow from Vinícius Junior to Hugo Duro was shown to the referee and not the previous grab on the neck of the Brazilian, in an action that adds to a long list of complaints from clubs.
Both Iglesias Villanueva, who is designated for the league match between Real Betis and Getafe on Wednesday, as well as five more VAR referees will leave their post, RFEF sources told EFE.
Real Madrid criticized in a statement the action of the expulsion of Vinícius in Valencia and urged the RFEF to take action. “We do not perceive the management that was carried out by the referees and the VAR as something isolated, but rather as something that has been repeated in many of our matches. The victim who suffers it can never be held responsible for the crime.”
The reaction of the Federation has been immediate and according to federative sources to EFE, the arbitration direction of the referee De Burgos Bengoechea was unbeatable, the way in which he handled the racist insults to Vinícius, and he was led to the error in the expulsion because he was hid a part of a video.
In this way, the RFEF has reacted immediately with its decisions for the VAR, in which they will not be able to continue after completing the two maximum years that José Luis González González and Xavier Estrada Fernández can be in the position.