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La Liga investigating possible racist chants towards Vinicius Jr. against Valencia

La Liga is conducting an investigation following the circulation of a video on social media. The video allegedly shows a young Valencia fan calling Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior a monkey during the 2-2 draw on Saturday night.

ESPN Brazil shared the footage of Vinicus Jr.’s alleged abuse by Valencia fans and later interviewed the woman who recorded the incident. She mentioned that police were called during the game.

Vinicius returned to play at the Mestalla for the first time since last May, when he faced racial abuse from home fans. Despite this, he scored twice on Saturday night to help Los Blancos secure a point. However, they were denied a late winner after the referee blew the full-time whistle before Jude Bellingham could head in a cross.

Last May, Valencia banned three fans for racist abuse during a game and received a three-game partial stadium ban from the Spanish football federation.

Hugo Duro accuses Vinicius of disrespecting Valencia fans

Vinicius was also involved in a heated confrontation after equalizing with Valencia striker Hugo Duro, who accused him of disrespect with his celebration.

Duro said: “In the goal he put his hands over his ears towards the stands and I blamed him for it and he told me that I did the same thing.

“But it’s not the same that I do it at home and that he does it outside home. If I do it at the Bernabeu, they would get angry. I think it’s a bit disrespectful.

“And I only told him to dedicate himself to playing because to me he seems like a plane, he seems like a cucumber.

“I told him, ‘dedicate yourself to playing because if you do you would be much better than what you are’.

“At a football level I only have words of praise because he is unstoppable, almost.”

The events at the Mestalla last May sparked a moral panic regarding racism in Spanish football and society at large. Vinicius later criticized La Liga president Javier Tebas for his inadequate response to the situation.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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