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    05 June 2023

    Real Madrid Player, Vinicius Jr., Subjected to Racist Chants and Effigies – Consequences Follow

    Seven Punished for Racism Towards Real Madrid’s Brazil Forward Vinicius Jr.

    In a recent development, the State Commission against Violence, Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Sport has taken action against seven individuals involved in acts of racism towards Real Madrid’s Brazilian forward Vinicius Jr.

    Effigy Hanging Incident

    Four men were fined 60,001 euros (£51,700) and given a two-year stadium ban for hanging an effigy of Vinicius near Real’s training ground earlier this year. The four men were arrested 11 days ago and released on bail by a Spanish court. This incident drew widespread condemnation from fans all over the world.

    Racist Gestures during Valencia Match

    The remaining three individuals were fined 5,000 euros (£4,300) each and banned from attending football games for one year after being found guilty of making racist gestures during Real Madrid’s match at Valencia on May 21st. According to police reports the offenders are between the ages of 18 to 21 years old. They were detained two days after the game following investigations into their actions.

    Vinicius’ Reaction & La Liga President Javier Tebas Apology

    Vinicius had expressed his disappointment with La Liga calling it “a league that belongs to racists” when he received racial abuse from some fans during matches but was ignored by authorities till recently. La Liga president Javier Tebas faced severe criticism initially as he told Vinícius on social media that “you need to inform yourself properly” but later apologized to the forward, saying he did not mean to “attack” him. The Brazilian government also called for severe sanctions against those responsible for the racial slurs and La Liga said it will seek “more sanctioning powers” to ensure it can punish such incidents.

    Anti-Racism Campaign

    Brazil’s national team is set to play two friendlies against Guinea and Senegal in Lisbon on 17th and 20th June respectively as part of an anti-racism campaign. It’s hoped that such campaigns will help raise awareness about racism in football or any other sport globally while encouraging people worldwide to take action against discrimination.

    The Future Ahead

    This recent incident highlights how much work needs to be done by authorities worldwide in tackling racism within sports communities. However, with more awareness being raised through campaigns like these, we’re hopeful that change is possible over time!

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