Guardiola spoke at a press conference before facing Brentford and was asked about the case of racism suffered by Vinícius and whether LaLiga has to learn from the Premier.
“They should. Here they are very strict, they know what they have to do. But racism is everywhere, not in one place. It is a problem everywhere. They have educated us to think that we are better than our neighbours, that we are better than the rest”, stated the Spanish coach.
“But our generations come from all over the world. Our ancestors come from immigrants, from wars, from dictatorships. People who had to leave their countries, create their families, perhaps return to their country of origin… The problem is that racism is everywhere. And not only in color or sex, but also in attitudes. We believe that our country is better than the rest, that our language is the best. The more you travel, the more you realize that we are all the same, you accept diversity. We are still a long way from that, ”she stressed.
Guardiola added that he hopes things will improve in Spain, but said he is not “very optimistic.”
LaLiga and the Brazilian embassy in Spain are committed to the fight against racism
LaLiga and the Brazilian embassy in Spain “strongly condemned any racist manifestation” and pledged “to continue fighting against this scourge that affects sport and compromises the image of Spain, a welcoming country where athletes of all origins can prosper, creeds and ethnicities.
Both organizations made a joint institutional declaration this Friday, after a meeting held between the Brazilian ambassador, Orlando Leite, and the president of LaLiga, Javier Tebas, who “agreed that there is no place in the contemporary world for racist acts such as those that occurred on May 21 in Valencia, directed against the Brazilian player Vinícius Júnior”.