Pele defends Vinicius: Even if racism exists, we won’t let it stop us from smiling

First Neymar and now Pele have come out in defence of Vinicius. The Real Madrid player has been in the spotlight in recent days for his dancing celebrations after scoring a goal.

In Brazil they don’t understand the wave of criticism of the Real Madrid player, despite his theatrics on the pitch.

“Football is joy. It is a dance. It is a real party. Even if racism still exists, we will not let it stop us from smiling,” he wrote on Twitter.

“And we will continue to fight racism in this way: fighting for our right to be happy.”

The controversy

Last weekend, in the match against Mallorca, Vinicius was already in the spotlight. The Brazilian received hard tackles and complained about it.

Javier Aguirre, who, according to the cameras of El Dia Despues seemingly told his players to kick him.

Vinicius scored against Mallorca and celebrated with a little dance, another action that generated controversy, as the celebration didn’t go down well with the Mallorca players.

Days later, statements by Atletico Madrid captain Koke reignited the debate ahead of Sunday’s derby when questioned about whether the fans at the Metropolitano would understand if Vinicius danced if he scored a goal.

“There would be trouble for sure, the most normal thing,” he said.

As well as Pele and Neymar, Barcelona’s Raphinha also added his support for the Madrid player.

“I want to see dancing, I want to see joy,” he said on social media.