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Racism: Valencia Fined With Stadium Ban for Five Matches

Valencia have been sanctioned with a partial stadium closure for five matches following the racist abuse of real Madrid forward Vinicius jr.

Spanish police have detained three people in connection with the abuse directed at the Brazilian at Mestalla stadium on Sunday.

Valencia have also been fined 45,000 Euros (£39,000).

Valencia’s south stand will be closed and the club has 10 working days to appeal.

The Spanish football federation (rfef) also said Vinicius, will not be suspended after being sent off in the 97th minute of the 1-0 defeat., and is available for Wednesday’s game against real vallecano.

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The rfef said in a statement that the referee’s decision to dismiss Vinicius was due to him being “deprived of a decisive part of the facts”, adding that it was “impossible for him to properly assess what happened”.

Explaining the partial stadium closure, the rfef added: “it is considered proven that, as reflected by the referee in his minutes, there were racist shouts at Vinicius, altering the normal course of the match and considering the infractions very serious.”

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