Video Of Valencia Fans Chanting “Mono” (Monkey) Towards Vinicius Goes Viral

Video Of Valencia Fans Chanting “Mono” (Monkey) Towards Vinicius Goes Viral

Vinícius Jr., Real Madrid’s forward, was subjected to racist chants during a match against Valencia.

Vinícius Jr., the talented Brazilian forward of Real Madrid, faces racially abusive chants during a match against Valencia. The incident has triggered a global outcry against racism.

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Video Of Valencia Fans Chanting “Mono” (Monkey) Towards Vinicius Goes Viral
Video Of Valencia Fans Chanting “Mono” (Monkey) Towards Vinicius Goes Viral

Real Madrid’s Vinícius Jr. during Sunday’s Spanish LaLiga soccer match against Valencia. Image courtesy: Alberto Saiz/AP

Vinícius Jr., the young Brazilian forward for Real Madrid, faced racist chanting during the team’s clash with Valencia at Mestalla Stadium in Spain’s La Liga. This unsettling revelation came from club manager Carlo Ancelotti.

“Racist insults: in the 73rd minute, a spectator from the southern ‘Mario Kempes’ tribune directed himself towards player No. 20 of Real Madrid CF Mr. Vinícius José De Oliveira Do Nascimiento, screaming at him: ‘Monkey, monkey’ which led to the activation of the racism protocol, notifying the pitch delegate so that a corresponding warning over the loudspeaker would be made. The match was halted until said announcement was aired over the loudspeaker of the stadium,” reads the referee’s official report from the game.

Vinícius Jr., upset by the abuse, pointed out the fan in question before engaging with the crowd. Despite the stadium announcement calling for respect and forbidding object throwing, Vinícius Jr. was later sent off for his altercation with Valencia player Hugo Duro.

Condemnation and Response

Ancelotti addressed the situation after the game, stating his concern over the disturbing incident. In an interview with Movistar Plus, he said, “when a whole stadium is chanting ‘monkey’ at a player and the manager has to think about taking off a player because of it, there is something bad happening in this league.”

The Italian coach advocated for game suspension in the face of such racist incidents, expressing his disappointment over the incident. He said, “We are in 2023, racism does not have to exist … the only way for me is to stop the game.”

On his personal Instagram, Vinícius Jr. condemned the incident, stating, “The prize that racists won was my expulsion! ‘This isn’t football, this is @LaLiga.”

Vinícius Jr. further expressed his disappointment and frustration via Twitter. In his post, he suggested that racism has become normal in La Liga, which he felt contradicted the league’s reputation as the home of stars like Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi. The Brazilian player vowed to continue his fight against racism.

Valencia CF issued a statement condemning the incident and reaffirming its dedication to respect and sportsmanship.

“Valencia CF wishes to publicly condemn any type of insult, attack or downgrading in football,” it reads. “The club, in its dedication to the values of respect and sportsmanship, reaffirms publicly its position against physical and verbal violence in stadiums and regrets the events which occurred during the game of Matchday 35 of La Liga against Real Madrid.”

However, the club rejected Ancelotti’s claim about the stadium-wide chants, stating that it “can’t tolerate someone accusing our fans of being racist.”

La Liga’s Response and Ongoing Investigation

La Liga has announced an investigation into the incident, seeking to verify the claims of racism and take appropriate action. Yet, the power to punish fans or clubs for racist abuse lies not with La Liga but with the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and regional prosecutors.

The La Liga statement mentioned previous reports of racist incidents against Vinícius Jr., highlighting their active stance against racism in football. They outlined several incidents reported to the RFEF and legal authorities.

Support from the Football Community

The football community, both players, and fans, rallied behind Vinícius Jr. following the incident. Prominent names like Rio Ferdinand, former England and Manchester United defender, expressed their support on social media platforms.

Milan forward Rafael Leão, among others, questioned when such racism would end. The global football community stands united against racism, demanding change and accountability in the face of such incidents.

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