Real Madrid report Vinícius racist abuse in Valencia to Attorney General’s Office
The Prosecutor’s Office in Valencia has been asked to investigate the incident, which saw Vinícius identify and confront a fan at Mestalla.
Real Madrid have reported the racist insults Vinícius Júnior was subjected to before and during the Valencia vs Real Madrid LaLiga match at Mestalla to the Attorney General’s Office (specifically the Prosecutor’s Office against crimes of hatred and discrimination).
On Monday, the club released a statement on its website giving details on the complaint that had been filed and to “strongly condemn the events that took place”. Madrid say “these events represent a direct attack on the social and democratic model of coexistence of our State based on the rule of law”.
During a stoppage in play, Vinícius informed the match officials that had received racist abuse from a fan behind one of the goals, who the Brazilian identified and verbally confronted before several Real Madrid teammates and Valencia defender José Luis Gayà intervened in an attempt to calm hm down. Vinícius was later sent off in injury time after an altercation with opposing player Hugo Duro.
Full Real Madrid statement on Vinícius racism incident
“Real Madrid C. F. strongly condemns the events that took place yesterday against our player Vinícius Junior.
These events represent a direct attack on the social and democratic model of coexistence of our State based on the rule of law.
Real Madrid believes that such attacks also constitute a hate crime, and has therefore filed the corresponding report with the Attorney General’s Office, specifically with the Prosecutor’s Office against crimes of hatred and discrimination, in order for the facts to be investigated and for those responsible to be held accountable.
Article 124 of the Spanish Constitution stipulates that the role of the Public Prosecutor’s Office is to promote the pursuit of justice in defense of legality and the rights of citizens and the public interest.
Given the seriousness of the events that took place, Real Madrid has appealed to the Attorney General’s Office, without prejudice to its standing as a private prosecutor in any proceedings that may be initiated”.