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    27 May 2023

    Vinicius Jr: Appeal results in reduction of Valencia stadium closure and racism fine

    Valencia’s Punishment Reduced on Appeal for Racist Abuse of Vinicius Jr

    Last updated 2 minutes ago | From the section European Football.

    Valencia has had its punishment over the racist abuse of Real Madrid forward, Vinicius Jr., reduced on appeal. The Spanish football federation appeals committee decided to “partially uphold” Valencia’s appeal and reduce the Mestalla Stadium’s partial closure from five matches to three matches. Also, their fine was cut from €45,000 to €27,000 (£23,400).

    The Brazilian forward faced racist chants during a game between Valencia and Real Madrid in December last year. Spanish police have already detained three people in connection with this racial attack against Vinicius Jr.

    Real Madrid reported this incident to the Spanish prosecutor’s office as they defined it as a hate crime while Valencia was given ten days within which they could file an appeal. In their plea, Valencia claimed that the sanction handed down by Spain’s football governing body was disproportionate and unjustified.

    “Valencia have collaborated from first minute with police authorities to clarify events that occurred,” read out a statement released by Valencia following their initial punishment.

    “In addition we have applied maximum possible sanctions with ban for life form our stadium for racists behaviour of fans identified by police.”

    Ruben Baraja – head coach at Valencia- also spoke about this issue at a press conference saying: “I am not going to allow the Valencia CF fans and Mestalla to be smeared with labels that do not represent us”.

    It was later found that during the game, there were racist shouts directed towards Vinicius Jr which altered the normal course of events leading to a serious infraction. The partial closure will affect only the south stand of Mestalla stadium where Vinicius pointed to when raising his complaint about racism.

    Vinicius was sent off in extra time while Valencia secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Real Madrid, but after reviewing it by Spain’s competition committee, his card was revoked.

    The incident involving Vinicius has led to wider debates on how best racial abuse can be prevented from marring football games worldwide.

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