Real Madrid is back with Vinicius Junior.
Real defeated Rayo Vallecano 2-1 in the 36th round of the 2022-23 Spanish La Liga season at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain, at 2:30 a.m. ET on Friday. The victory gives Real a record of 23 wins, five draws and eight defeats, with 74 points.
A major incident occurred in the last match against Valencia. Vinicius was ‘racially abused’. Valencia fans chanted “You monkey!” and “Die, Vinicius!” at him. Trash was thrown and the game was even stopped at one point.
To make matters worse, Vinicius was sent off. In a scuffle with Hugo Duro late in the second half, he punched him in the face, and the referee awarded him a direct red card after a video assistant referee (VAR) check. Vinicius was not happy with the decision, and the Valencia fans became even more furious and continued to hurl racial slurs at him. A closer look at the footage of Vinicius’ ejection shows that the chokehold on Vinicius during the scuffle with the Valencia players just beforehand was not included in the VAR foul.
After the game, Vinicius took to social media to say, “It’s not the first time, it’s not the second time, it’s not the third time. Racism is common in Spanish La Liga. The federation encourages it. The league that once hosted Ronaldinho, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi is now home to racists. There is no way to fight racism on a weekly basis. I will fight racists until the end,” he wrote.
He added: “Every away game is incredibly unpleasant. There are death wishes, mannequins hanging, and shouts of hate. But they always move on to singular examples. It isn’t. It’s a series of stories spread across several Spanish cities. The proof is in the video. The problem is very serious and there is no communication. This is not soccer, this is inhumanity,” he wrote.
Many things have been corrected. The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) disciplined the VARs. Nacho Iglesias Villanueva was suspended as a VAR with immediate effect. In addition, five other VAR referees will not officiate next season.
Valencia have also been penalized. “The RFEF has decided to sanction Valencia with the partial closure of the Mario Kempes South Stand at the Mestalla for five matches for the incident that occurred against Real. The violation of the regulations is considered to be very serious, as they disrupted the normal course of the match by racist booing of Vinicius. Valencia has also been fined 45,000 euros (approximately $64 million),” said the statement.
Vinicius’ ejection was also nullified. “The competition committee has decided to annul Vinicius’ sending off against Valencia. It was an unprecedented decision after a long discussion. The referee at the time gave Vinicius a red card for hitting Duro when he didn’t have the ball, but the committee pointed out that this was not a valid reason.”
“The VAR was partial and biased. It was an error in judgment and an unfair sending off. The player who was fouled was replaced by the player who committed the foul.”
The following day, a Real home game was played, and there were some heartwarming moments. First, the entire Real squad showed up wearing jerseys with Vinicius’ name and number 20 on them. They lined up and applauded.토토사이트
The crowd responded in kind. In the 20th minute of the first half, everyone stood up and gave Vinicius a standing ovation. Watching from the stands, Vinicius stood up and gave a thumbs up to show his appreciation.
According to multiple media outlets, including Spain’s Copa, Vinicius was not included in the squad for the match due to a minor knee injury that was later rescinded, but he was still able to attend his home stadium and was cheered on by the supporters.
Real went on to win. Karim Benzema opened the scoring in the 31st minute when he exchanged one-on-one passes with Federico Valverde. He then slotted the ball past the keeper to give his side the lead.
They conceded a late equalizer. In the 39th minute, they conceded to Raul de Tomas, but in the 44th minute, Hodriguez rattled the net with a penalty-arc curler off a pass from Dani Ceballos. Vinicius looked on in disbelief at Real’s victory.