La Liga to request more sanctioning powers for racism incidents in Spanish football
In a move to combat the growing issue of racism in Spanish football, La Liga has announced that it will be requesting “more sanctioning powers” to impose penalties on any such incidents. The league feels powerless under current laws and can only identify and report cases but not impose sanctions.
The target of racist abuse multiple times this season, Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr’s latest incident at Valencia on Sunday received widespread condemnation as La Liga expressed its frustration over the lack of sanctions and convictions by authorities.
Currently, La Liga submits weekly letters detailing any chants at matches that incite violence or contain insulting content to competition committees and commissions against violence, racism, xenophobia and intolerance in sport. For insults classified as hate crimes, they also report them to the Hate Prosecutor’s Office.
La Liga seeks authority for imposing sanctions
In a statement released earlier today, La Liga confirmed it is seeking an amendment of two Spanish laws which would give them authority to impose sanctions such as partial or total closures of stadiums, bans for supporters’, financial penalties etc.
Racist Behaviors won’t be Tolerated: Three Arrested during match held this Sunday
A match between Real Madrid FC vs Valencia was interrupted twice due to offensive behaviour towards Brazilian player Vinicius Jr., who complained about oppositions’ fans chanting racial slurs.
In response – Police have arrested three people suspectedly involved with racist behavior during Sunday’s match. The police had detained four people suspected of hanging an effigy of Vinicius from a bridge in Madrid earlier this year
President Javier Tebas involved in Twitter spat with Real Madrid Forward
La Liga President Javier Tebas and Vinicius Jr got into a Twitter spat after the match, over the former Brazilian’s accusations against La Liga as he accused them of being racists. On Monday, The lights on the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro were switched off for an hour to show solidarity with Vinicius.
The growing number of racist incidents occurring at football matches is alarming, and action needs to be taken by authorities across Spain. The amendment of laws requested by La Liga will hopefully give it greater powers to combat this issue effectively.
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