Vinicius Junior has criticised La Liga after being racially abused by opposition fans in Real Madrid’s win over Real Valladolid.
The 22-year-old was racially abused by Atletico Madrid fans in September, with the club issuing an apology and La Liga reporting the matter to the authorities.
A similar incident then seemed to take place in Real Madrid’s first match back after the winter break at Valladolid. During the game, which the away side won 2-0, offensive chants were heard coming from the home supporters.
Those chants were directed at Vinicius Junior, and the abuse ramped up after he kicked an object thrown at him back into the stands.
In the aftermath of the incident, the forward took to Twitter to express his frustration with the Spanish league, feeling the governing body isn’t doing enough to cut out racism.
“Racists continue to go to stadiums and watch the biggest club in the world up close and La Liga continues to do nothing…,” he said. “I will continue with my head held high and celebrating my victories and those of Madrid. In the end it’s MY fault.”
In response, La Liga issued a statement outlining the action that is being taken.
“We are investigating last night’s match and will work with the clubs and appropriate authorities to identify and prosecute anyone guilty of hate speech,” said a spokesperson.
“As for yesterday’s events, LaLiga is still investigating but has already identified racist insults from some individuals (not groups) in videos uploaded to social media, which will be the subject of an official complaint as in previous cases.”