Vinicius Crisis: The US State Department’s Statement
The US State Department has condemned the “horrifying” racist slurs inflicted on Brazilian striker Vinicius Junior during his 0-1 match against Valencia last Sunday.
U.S. State Department spokesman Matthew Miller confirmed during a press conference that he witnessed the insults, calling them “terrible”, adding: “We unequivocally condemn racism around the world and wherever it occurs, including in sports, and we also welcome any effort. who sheds light on it and fights it.”
The US State Department spokesman also indicated that the Spanish authorities took action after the Valencia District Attorney’s Office launched an investigation to determine whether the insults constituted a hate crime or not.
Indeed, the competitions committee of the Spanish Football Federation has taken a decision regarding the crisis of racism faced by Vinicius Junior during the match between Real Madrid and host Valencia (0-1) last Sunday, as part of the 35th round of La Liga where fans of the opposing team described him as “The Monkey” at the Mestalla stadium, the stronghold of the bats, and Vinicius clashed with some Valencia players to receive a red card in the seventh minute, calculated instead of lost time. for confrontation.
And it was decided to punish Valencia with a partial closure of its Mestalla stadium for a period of 5 matches, specifically the Mario Kempes stadium from which racist speech was spread, with a fine of 45,000 euros imposed on the club.
Three Spaniards were also arrested and the investigation is still open with the assistance of the Valencia football club at whose stadium the incident occurred.
However, what caused controversy was that the Competition Committee decided to cancel the red card Vinicius received after watching all the video clips of the match, according to press reports.
And VAR video technology showed that Vinicius slapped Valencia player Hugo Duro, prompting the referee to issue a red card to the Brazilian.
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