Real Madrid squad wears No 20 jersey in Vinicius Jr’s support against Vallecano

Aditya Chauhan

May 24 2023
Vinicius Jr Real Madrid

The Brazilian forward was racially abused by Valencia fans

The fight against racism continues in football, and Real Madrid players and management took a major step. They wore the No. 20 at the back to support their teammate, Vinicius Junior, who was racially abused by Valencia fans in Real’s last outing.

Real Madrid played Valencia at the Estadio de Mestalla. The hosts took a 1-0 lead around the halfway mark. Carlo Ancelotti’s men tried their best to cut down the lead but were unable to do so. They suffered their eighth defeat in LaLiga 2022-23. The match took a dramatic turn towards the end, and Real Madrid finished with ten men.

Vinicius Junior was red-carded for pushing Hugo Duro in the face. The 22-year-old left the pitch in tears after racial chants by Valencia supporters. Vini expressed his feelings through social media platforms and also hit out at LaLiga. He also received a lot of support from fellow football players and retired professionals. Vini’s international teammate Raphinha also showed his support during Barcelona‘s match yesterday. The winger revealed a shirt in support of Vinicius after getting substituted towards the end.

The officials once again reviewed the incident after the match, and Vinicius Junior’s red card was eventually overturned. However, a knee injury will keep him out of this fixture. Valencia have to pay a fine of £39,000 and was sanctioned with a partial stadium closure for five matches.

Real Madrid players have taken a huge step against the continuous racism going on in football. Players are targeted every season by supporters. Sometimes the away fans get into the mix, and other times some poor performances by the players also lead to racial abuse by their own supporters. The players are now taking it to social media and letting the world know what they are going through. This is a strong step to eliminate this social problem.

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