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3 Valencia Fans jailed for Racial Abuse Against Madrid’s Vinicius Jr.

Boom RadioNG | June 10, 2024

Three football fans of Valencia CF who racially abused Real Madrid star, Vinicius Jr have been sentenced for eight months and also given a two-year stadium ban from any venue hosting LaLiga matches, or games held under the jurisdiction of the Spanish football federation.

These convictions makes it the first for racial abuse at a football match in Spain as ┬áLaLiga described it as “great news for the fight against racism”.

A letter of apology to Brazil forward Vinicius Jr from the defendants was also read out during the hearing, the league added.

LaLiga said Valencia had co-operated with the investigation and had expelled the three people as members of the club.

Vinicius Jr

Reacting to the ruling, LaLiga president Javier Tebas said: “This ruling is great news for the fight against racism in Spain, as it goes some way to redressing the disgraceful wrong suffered by Vinicius Jr and sends a clear message to those individuals who go to a football stadium to hurl abuse.

“LaLiga will identify them, report them, and there will be criminal consequences.

The conviction followed an incident at a home game at Valencia’s Mestalla stadium against Real Madrid on 21 May 2023.

 

Dolupo Balogun

Written by Boom RadioNG

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