Gianni Infantino expressed his solidarity with Vinicius Junior: “There is no place for racism in football or in society”

Brazilian striker Vinicius Jr of Real Madrid reacts as Javi Guerra of Valencia tries to talk to him during a Spanish soccer LaLiga match at Mestalla, Valencia, Spain. May 21, 2023. REUTERS/Pablo Morano

The president of FIFA, the Swiss Gianni Infantinohas shown his solidarity with the Brazilian Vinicius Jr.end of real Madrid, who suffered racist insults again, this time at the Mestalla stadium during the match against Valencia. The grievances that the South American received were after his expulsion for hitting the rival footballer Hugo Hard. Then came the gestures of the Brazilian towards the local public and the incidents on the playing field.

“All our solidarity with Vinicius. There is no place for racism in football or in societyand FIFA supports all the players and all the players who have suffered it in their own flesh”, says the top leader of world football in a message published on his social networks.

“The events that occurred during the match between Valencia and Real Madrid show how crucial this fight is,” Infantino points out in his message, in which he recalls that for this “there is a three-step process in FIFA competitions and recommends that it be used at all levels of football.”

“First, the game is stopped and announced. Second, the players leave the field of play and the announcer says that if the attacks continue, the game will be abandoned. The match resumes and, thirdly, if the attacks continue, the match will stop and the three points will go to the opponent. These are the rules that should apply in all countries and in all leagues”, he explains.


“It is clear that it is easier said than done, but we have to do it and we have to support it through education,” the statement from the FIFA president ends.

This message adds to the many that appeared after the meeting, such as the one from the President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silvawho condemned the racist insults towards Vinicius and asked that “serious measures” be taken against those responsible.

“It is not fair that a poor young man who succeeded in life and who is becoming one of the best soccer players” should suffer this type of attack, Lula said before beginning the press conference on the balance of his participation in the summit. of G7, where he was the only invited Latin American leader.

Vinicius himself continued with the subject on his social networks, where he called and made the following reflection: “With each round it was a pleasant surprise. And there were many that season. I wish to die, hanging doll, many criminal screams… Everything in the books. But the discourse always falls on ‘isolated cases’, ‘a fan’. No, they are not isolated cases.

“Its continuous episodes are broadcast in various cities in Spain (and even in a television program). The proof is in the video. Now I ask: how many of those racists have had their names and photos posted on websites? I respond to ease: zero”. added the former Flamengo player in his account instagram.

“No one to tell a sad story or make those fake public apologies. What is left to criminalize these people? And punish clubs for sports? Why don’t sponsors charge La Liga? Don’t the televisions bother to broadcast this barbarism every weekend? The problem is very serious and the communications no longer work. Blaming myself to justify criminal acts either, ”he concluded.

With information from EFE

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