La Liga files charges relating to Vinicius racial abuse

Vinicius Jr hits back at racist celebration critics

La Liga has informed the “appropriate legal, administrative, and sports bodies” that it has filed complaints against Vinicius Jr for racist abuse.

The Real Madrid winger, who is 22 years old, claimed last week that the Spanish league “continues to do nothing” regarding “racists” attending games.

During the 2-0 victory at Real Valladolid on December 30, it appeared as though the Brazilian was the target of racial slurs from spectators.

In a statement, La Liga said abusive behaviour has “no place in sport”.

A criminal charge for hate crimes, which has been supported by video clips that were uploaded to social media sites, has been filed with Valladolid Magistrates’ Courts, La Liga said.

The league stressed it would increase efforts to “eradicate any kind of violence, racism or xenophobia inside and outside stadiums”.

At venues considered to be a risk of possible racist behaviour in the stands, La Liga added that messages would be broadcast over the public address system and advertising hoardings surrounding the pitch to “combat and condemn racism”.

In October 2021, La Liga reported racist insults aimed at Brazil international Vinicius to the prosecutor’s office.

Spanish prosecutors closed an investigation last month into racist chants by Atletico Madrid fans and said it was not possible to identify those involved.