Four people have been arrested in Spain for hanging an effigy of Vinicius junior from a bridge in January, less than 24 hours after real Madrid filed a hate crime complaint for racist abuse during the la Liga clash with Valencia at the Mestalla.
The 22-year-old winger claimed ‘racism is normal’ in la Liga and described it as a competition that ‘belongs to racists’ after suffering a torrent of abuse on Sunday.
He also said that his native brazil considers Spain a ‘country of racists’ as a result of the treatment he has consistently been on the receiving end of.
In January, a group of Atletico Madrid fans hung an effigy of Vinicius from a bridge below a banner which read ‘Madrid hates real.’
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There was widespread condemnation at the time, with real Madrid calling for the culprits to be brought to justice, but no arrests have been made until now.
The abuse of Vinicius at Valencia, meanwhile, continued despite the Brazilian informing officials at the time of what was being chanted from the stands.
The game was stopped at one point, which appeared to incense the crowd further, and Vinicius was sent off in stoppage time when his frustrations boiled over when he was grabbed around the throat by a Valencia player.
Despite the ongoing problems with racism, as far as his real Madrid future is concerned, Vinicius has no plans to leave the club.