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La Liga: Seven Punished Over Racism On Vinicius Jr


Seven people have been punished for acts of racism towards Real Madrid’s forward Vinicius Jr. Four men were fined 60,001 euros (£51,700), with a two-year stadium ban for hanging an effigy of Vinicius near Real Madrid’s training ground in January. The four men were arrested 11 days ago and released on bail by the Madrid court.

Three other people were fined 5,000 euros (£4,300) and banned for one year for making racist gestures during Real’s game at Valencia on 21 May.

Those three are aged between 18 and 21, the police said and were detained two days after the game.

The sanctions were given by Spain’s State Commission against Violence, Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance in Sport, said the country’s Sports Commission on Monday.

The Brazilian, whose red card for violent conduct late in the Valencia match was rescinded, later said the Spanish league “belongs to racists”.

La Liga President Javier Tebas was widely condemned after replying vinicius on social media that “you need to inform yourself properly”.

Tebas quickly apologized to the 22-year-old, saying he did not mean to attack him.

Brazil will play friendlies against Guinea, and Senegal in Lisbon on 17 and 20 June, as part of an anti-racism campaign.