La Liga has taken action after Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr. was the target of racial abuse in a match on Dec. 30. The star had items thrown at him from the stands after he was subbed off against Real Valladolid, and footage that became viral appeared to show verbal racial abuse coming from some of the home fans. Later on Saturday, the player himself criticized La Liga, saying the league "continues to do nothing" about racist fans.
Vinicius Jr. shared on his social media a picture of himself with Benzema and wrote, "God bless us! Racists continue to go to stadiums and watch the biggest club in the world up close and @LaLiga continues to do nothing ... I will continue with my head held high and celebrating my victories and those of Madrid. In the end it's MY fault."
Os racistas seguem indo aos estádios e assistindo ao maior clube do mundo de perto e a @LaLiga segue sem fazer nada…— Vini Jr. (@vinijr) December 31, 2022
Seguirei de cabeça erguida e comemorando as minhas vitórias e do Madrid.
No final a culpa é MINHA. 🤙🏿 pic.twitter.com/5ztuTjP4s6
The Spanish league issued an official statement on Tuesday saying that "LaLiga has filed the corresponding charges regarding the racist insults directed against footballer Vinicius Jr in the match between Real Valladolid and Real Madrid during the last matchday, before the relevant judicial, administrative and sporting bodies." They will be making some changes including having more integrity officers present at stadiums.
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Here's the statement:
"A criminal charge for hate crimes has been filed with the Valladolid Magistrates' Courts, supported by audiovisual evidence gathered in the investigation carried out through images and audio clips published on open sources. LaLiga has also asked the Valladolid Magistrates' Courts to transfer the complaint to the Public Prosecutor's Office for Hate Crimes so that it can participate in the case. In addition, and as has been the case for several seasons, a report of the racist insults has been submitted to the RFEF Competition Committee and the State Commission against Violence, Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Sport, to be studied and assessed for a sanction".
"La Liga will also increase its ongoing efforts to eradicate any kind of violence, racism or xenophobia inside and outside stadiums. As a result, the number of La Liga integrity officers present at matches where there is a risk of racist insults will be increased, in order to maximise detection and identification of this type of behaviour, which has no place in sport. Furthermore, in stadiums where there is considered to be a risk of possible racist behaviour in the stands, messages will be broadcast over the public address system and advertising hoardings surrounding the pitch to combat and condemn racism".
"La Liga's objective is zero violence in sport and in order to achieve this, a variety of training, prevention, detection and reporting practices are carried out on each matchday, which are then reported to the State Commission against Violence, Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Sport, as well as to the Public Prosecutor's Office for Hate Crimes. Similarly, LaLiga denounces and takes legal action as a plaintiff in any criminal proceedings related to violent acts occurring in the sphere of football. LaLiga continues to work with clubs, players, authorities and all parties involved in the sport to ensure that there is no place for violent or racist behaviour in football".
In October of 2021, La Liga reported racist insults aimed at the Brazilian to the prosecutor's office in another incident.