On Monday May 22, Real Madrid announced that it had filed a complaint with the Spanish public prosecutor's office, the day after the racist insults uttered against the club's Brazilian striker, Vinicius Junior. "Real Madrid condemns the events that occurred yesterday [dimanche, NDLR] against our player Vinicius Junior and opposes them vigorously", wrote the merengue club, which decided to file this complaint so that an "investigation is opened" on these insults which legally constitute, according to the club, a "hate crime".
"In the first place, we must recognize that we have a problem of behavior, education, racism" in the country's football, for his part said the president of the Spanish federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, during a press conference called at the headquarters of the RFEF, near Madrid. He said he gave his full support to the Brazilian striker. "As long as there is a single fan, an undesirable, or a group of fans who insult someone for their sexual orientation, their skin color, we will have a serious problem, which taints an entire team, all the fans, a whole country,” he added.
The public prosecutor's office in Valencia (south-eastern Spain) opened an investigation on Monday after the racist insults of which the Brazilian striker of Real Madrid Vinicius was the victim the day before in the city stadium, it was reported. learned Monday from judicial sources. The prosecution, these sources specify, has launched an investigation for an alleged "hate crime" concerning these insults uttered towards the young Brazilian player during the match lost by Real against FC Valencia (1-0).
During the match between Real Madrid and Valencia CF counting for the 35th day of La Liga and lost 1-0 by the people of Madrid on Sunday, Vinicius was the victim of insults of all kinds, in particular racist, from a large part of the public at the Mestalla stadium. The Movement Against Intolerance (MCI) and the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE), the main players' union in Spain, also announced through a press release that they had filed a complaint. "Both organizations fully oppose the unacceptable behavior of some supporters, and believe that it is time to act now, and in a decisive way, in the face of such serious facts which, alas, are not isolated", have writes the AFE and the MCI in their joint press release.
Regarding racism, "there is no crest, opponents or clubs. It must be condemned as a whole. Racism must be eradicated once and for all," Xavi, the coach of FC Barcelona, Real Madrid's rival club, also responded to a press conference on Monday.