Real Madrid played against Valencia on Sunday in the Estadio Mestalla. The match ended in a 1-0 win for the home team, Valencia. During the match, a controversial topic aroused controversy. The home fans became racial in their comments and chanted racial slurs at the Brazilian, describing him as a "monkey". This continued for a while with the chants.
The game had to be paused for 10 minutes and more for pacifism to settle in the stadium. Close to stoppage time, another incident occurred. With Vinicus Jr. hollering at Hugo Duro, Valencia goalkeeper. This led to the Madrid player receiving a red card and getting sent off.
However, Vinicius Junior was not suspended after receiving the red card, as opposed to the norm of a player receiving a red card. Rather,Valencia and the club will have to close the stand where the Real Madrid forward was racially abused for five games after a ruling by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).
Barca's coach, Xavi Hernandez, has come out to criticize the act. Although he says he is against racism in the league, Vinicus Jr. was still guilty of what he was penalized for, which was grabbing the neck of Valencia's goalkeeper during their altercation.
Xavi: "I'm surprised that Vinicius' red card has been withdrawn by La Liga. He assaulted his opponent, which is undeniable and indisputable. I made my position on racism clear, but I don't think the red card has anything to do with this story.”
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