La Liga president’s belated apology…”I didn’t mean to attack Vinicius”
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“Spanish La Liga president Javier Tebas has apologized to Vinicius Junior, 22, and confirmed that he did not mean to offend him,” the BBC reported on Friday. He confirmed there was no intention to attack him.”
La Liga has been plagued by one of the worst racist incidents in recent memory. It happened during a match between Real Madrid and Valencia on March 22. The Valencia crowd chanted racist slurs at Vinicius. Tens of thousands of people shouted “die” and “monkey” at him. Vinicius protested by gesturing directly to the crowd, but the boos didn’t stop. The Real Madrid players fought back, but the racism continued.
It’s not the first time. According to reports from local Spanish media, racism among La Liga fans is already rampant. The Atletico Madrid crowd also shouted racist taunts at Vinicius. The incident against Valencia brought the issue of racism to a head.
Real Madrid players wearing Vinicius jerseys together
“Thank you,” Vinicius wrote on his personal SNS. ⓒVinicius Official SNS Galmuri
Meanwhile, La Liga president Tebas was at the center of criticism for his lack of action. “This is not the first time this has happened. Racism is common and normal in La Liga. It seems to be encouraged. This place belongs to racists,” he said. In response, Tebas said, “It’s unfair to say that Spain and La Liga are racist. We are dealing with racism in the strongest possible way. We cannot allow our reputation to be tarnished,” he retorted.
The comments, which seemed to blame the victim, Vinicius, quickly ignited a firestorm. Eventually, Tebas apologized for his earlier comments. He told Brazil’s ESPN: “I didn’t mean to attack Vinicius, but if the public understood it that way, I apologize. My remarks were far from my intentions.”
Meanwhile, the Real Madrid crowd responded to the racial slur with a standing ovation and cheers. Players wore Vinicius’ jersey as a group to directly confront the racism.