Tebas slams Vinicius for criticizing LaLiga’s racist attitude
Vinicius Junior has hit out at LaLiga for not doing enough to protect players from racism. Photo by Ion Alcoba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images
Real Madrid striker Vinicius Junior and LaLiga president Javier Tebas have been at odds on social media over LaLiga’s stance on dealing with racism.
On Saturday, the Brazil international accused LaLiga of continuing to do nothing against racist fans at games after videos on social media showed fans shouting insults and throwing objects at him at a game a day earlier.
LaLiga issued a statement condemning all forms of hate speech and saying they would investigate instances of in-game racism.
Vinicius appeared to have been mauled at Valladolid’s Jose Zorrilla Stadium as he walked past fans after being substituted in Madrid’s 2-0 win over Real Valladolid on Friday.
“Racists continue to go to stadiums and see the biggest club in the world up close and LaLiga continues to do nothing,” said Vinicius wrote on Twitter.
Os racistas seguem indo aos estádios e assistindo ao maior clube do mundo de perto ea @League segue sem fazer nada…
Seguirei de cabeça erguida e comemorando als minhas vitórias e do Madrid.
No finale a culpa é MINHA. 🤙🏿 pic.twitter.com/5ztuTjP4s6
— Vini Jr. (@vinijr) December 31, 2022
“I will carry on with my head held high and celebrate my victories and those of Madrid.”
However, Tebas responded to Vinicius’ tweet on social media and criticized him.
“We have been fighting racism in LaLiga for years” Tebas wrote on Twitter. “@Vinicius Junior it is unfortunate, unfair and untrue to publish that LaLiga is not doing anything about racism. Better inform yourself.
“We are at your disposal so that we can all go together in the same direction.”
Tebas also shared an official statement on Saturday, in which the league said it was reviewing the game on Friday.
“LaLiga has detected racist slurs from the stands of Zorrilla Stadium, published on social media,” the Spanish top division club said.
“These facts will be reported to the Anti-Violence Commission and the Hate Crime Prosecutor’s Office, as has been done on other occasions.”
The league detailed how it has addressed past incidents of racist abuse towards players and said it will continue to fight “the scourge of violence, racism, xenophobia and intolerance in sport”.
In September, Atletico Madrid fans were filmed throwing racist chants at the 22-year-old outside their Wanda Metropolitano stadium ahead of a game against Madrid.