Spanish FA Gives Verdict on Vinicius Jnr Racial Incident Against Valencia
The Spanish FA have decided to overturn the red card that was shown to Vinicius Jr during the game against Valencia on Sunday, May 21st, 2023.
The Brazilian was issued a victim of racial abuse during the game at the Mestalla Stadium. He was also issued a red card toward the end of the game by referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea.
However, the Spanish FA announced on Tuesday, May 24th, 2023 that the red card to Vinicius has been overturned also confirmed that Valencia had been fined €45,000 (£40,000) for the behavior of their fans and will be forced to close the stand where the abusive chants originated for five matches.
The Statement read as follows,
The competition committee has sanctioned Valencia CF with the partial closure of the Mestalla stadium for five matches, more specifically the Mario Kempes south stand, following the events that occurred during the First Division National League Championship match between the local team and Real Madrid CF. It is considered proven that, as reflected by the referee in his minutes, there were racist shouts at Vinicius, a Real Madrid CF player, during the aforementioned match, altering the normal course of the match and considering the infractions very serious. In addition, an economic sanction of 45,000 euros is imposed on Valencia.
Vinicius has received a lot of support from footballers around the world, notably from the President of FIFA, Gianni Infantino who reinstated that he doesn't support racism in any way, especially in football.