Valencia’s ban and fine after racist abuse of Vinicius Junior reduced on appeal

Valencia’s partial stadium closure has been reduced to three games and the fine reduced to €27,000 after fans racially abused Real Madrid striker Vinicius Junior.

The Spanish Football Federation’s Appeals Committee said it had decided to “partially uphold” Valencia’s appeal.

It means the partial closure of the Mestalla Stadium after five games has been reduced and the initial €45,000 (£39,000) penalty reduced by €18,000.

Vinicius threatened to leave the pitch in the second half of Real Madrid’s LaLiga game against Valencia on Sunday after being subjected to alleged monkey chants from the crowd, and Madrid, who said the abuse constituted a “hate crime”, filed appeal to the Spanish State Office of the Attorney General.

Valencia had ten working days to appeal to the Appeal Committee.

After Sunday’s game, LaLiga players and officials called for action to be taken against racism in Spain.

Ahead of Tuesday night’s games between Real Valladolid and Barcelona, ​​as well as Celta Vigo and Girona, players from both teams and match officials stood behind banners reading ‘Racism, get out of football’.

Vinicius was due to serve a two or three-game ban after being sent off at Valencia, but the Spanish Competitions Committee – a body made up of a member of LaLiga, a member of the Spanish Sport Council (CSD) and a member of the RFEF (Spanish Football Federation) – has the Red card cancelled.

LaLiga, meanwhile, said it would demand greater jurisdiction to punish clubs whose fans have been guilty of racial slurs after feeling “powerless” in the absence of up-to-date sanctions following the recent Vinicius incident.

Under the country’s law, LaLiga can currently only identify and report incidents, penalties are rarely imposed.

Four people were arrested in Spain on Tuesday on suspicion of hanging an effigy of Vinicius on a bridge in January.

Ahead of Real’s Copa del Rey game against city rivals Atlético earlier this year, an inflatable doll wearing a Vinicius shirt hung on the railing with a banner reading ‘Madrid hates Real Madrid’.

And Spanish police confirmed on Tuesday that four suspects had been arrested.

Zack Zwiezen

Zack Zwiezen is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Zack Zwiezen joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing zackzwiezen@ustimespost.com.

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