Real Madrid confirms legal action over racist abuse directed at Vinicius Jnr

Vinicius Jnr was at the center of racist abuse from Valencia fans on Sunday|imago

LA LIGA Real Madrid confirms legal action over racist abuse directed at Vinicius Jnr

Allan Damba 18:06 - 22.05.2023

Real Madrid have announced they’re taking to court over the racism suffered by their star, Vinicius Jnr.

The winger was at the center of racist abuse during their 1-0 defeat to Valencia on Sunday.

The Brazilian, who was subjected to racist chants by Valencia supporters at the Mestalla Stadium, was instead sent off after an altercation with Hugo Duro.

Vinicius is now expected to be suspended for Real Madrid's next match|imago.

In a statement, Real Madrid confirmed the club has filed a complaint to the State Attorney General's Office over the 'hate crime'.

“Real Madrid CF shows its strongest revulsion and condemns the events that took place yesterday against our player Vinícius Junior,” a statement read as per their website.

“These facts constitute a direct attack on the coexistence model of our sociaal and democratic State of law.”

“Real Madrid considers that such attacks also constitute a hate crime, for which reason it has filed the corresponding complaint with the State Attorney General's Office, specifically with the Prosecutor's Office against hate crimes and discrimination, so that the facts can be investigated and clear responsibilities.”

“Article 124 of the Spanish Constitution establishes the functions of the Public Prosecutor's Office to promote the action of justice in defense of legality and the rights of citizens and the public interest,” the statement continued.

“For this reason, and given the seriousness of the events that occurred, Real Madrid has turned to the State Attorney General's Office, without prejudice to its appearance as a private prosecution in the proceedings that are being initiated.”

The 22 year-old has suffered from racism all season, with arguably the most high-profile incident coming when his team faced arch-rivals Atletico Madrid in September, 2022.

The Atletico fans allegedly called him ‘monkey’, but a Spanish prosecutor later concluded that the chants 'did not constitute a crime' as they 'lasted only a few seconds'.

Vinicius has also suffered at the hands of fans from Real Valadollid, Mallorca and Osasuna over the course of the season.