Real Madrid’s Brazilian Vinicius Junior, who was sent off for attacking a rival player last Sunday against Valencia, will not be suspended following racist insults from some fans. the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced on Tuesday.
After reviewing the video footage, the RFEF competition committee accepted Real Madrid’s claim that Vinicius received a red card for slapping Hugo Duro and the Brazilian footballer was sent off without disciplinary effect. I decided to leave the disposal.”
Spanish football was under pressure after Vinicius was hit with racism for the first time this season at Mestalla last Sunday, sparking a wave of international outrage.
Vinicius, who has been the subject of repeated racist disqualifications since arriving in the Spanish capital in 2018, was accused of imitating a monkey by several fans after being insulted in Valencia on Sunday. It was called “Monkey” and exploded.
Already on the back foot, Vinicius faced several rivals, including Valencia goalkeepers Jorge Mamadashvili and Hugo Duro, before grabbing the Brazilian by the neck for a few seconds and shaking him off with a slap.
The referee of the match did not see what happened live, so when he went to video arbitration, he was only shown footage of the sent-off slap of Vinicius, but not of Duro’s previous actions. .
A direct expulsion from the Spanish Championship usually results in a suspension of at least one match.
The competition committee said that Vinicius had received “chants that incite violence and constituted a clear contempt for the people” and that the referee had seen “altered” and partial footage and sent him off. Video footage proved it. .
Following the decision, Vinicius could play Wednesday’s matchday 36 of the Spanish Championship against Rayo Vallecano.
The RFEF also decided to close the stands where most of the racist insults against Vinicius were made for five games.
Spanish police on Tuesday arrested three young men in Valencia on suspicion of “racist conduct” in the Mestalla last Sunday, accused of hanging a doll on Vinicius’ shirt at the same time as Atlético Madrid on January 26. Four others were also arrested in Madrid. Copa del Rey quarterfinals (3-1).