Real Madrid fell to Valencia at the Mestalla. Diego López’s goal gave the local victory in a match in which heunder tension and extra-football events extended him to the 107th minute. It’s just that things have happened. The good news: the youth team’s goal gave the clubs some air in their fight against relegation. So far only football. But from the stands they didn’t stop hurling racist chants against Merengue star Vinicius Jr. “Mono” was heard from the stands after the Brazilian crossed paths with the spectators and was subsequently sent off.
What was said: young Diego López (21) scored the only goal of the game (33), after a missed shot by Justin Kluivert, which turned into an assist.
Kluivert thought he had doubled his lead in the 84th minute, but his goal was disallowed for offside. And at the end of the match (90+1), Karim Benzema offered the equalizer to the Uruguayan Fede Valverde, but his shot was deflected by Giorgi Mamardashvili, in great form, who also rejected a free-kick from Toni Kroos (90 + 4). .
They all happened to Vinicius Jr this afternoon at the Mestalla. In addition to the racist chants that followed him for most of the match, something unusual happened in the 73rd minute: the crack went away before the imminent equalizer when a ball appeared from the stands and landed in the area, with such bad luck that Cömert overkicked and hit the ball in the Brazilian’s hand, knocking the ball off his feet. Vini was expelled at 96 after gesturing with both fingers, in clear reference to the possibility for Valencia to lose the category and fall to second position.
After the match, the exclusive theme of the match was the xenophobic chants against Vinicius Jr. So much so that the Real Madrid manager, Charles Ancelottidirectly, he decided not to talk about football in the press conference after the game.
“I talked to him during the match, the atmosphere was very hot, very bad, I asked him if he wanted to continue playing because the environment was racistIt doesn’t look good to me. I never thought about removing a player for racism. It’s never happened to me, not like this. The Spanish league has a problem, which is not Vinicius,” he said after the match.
“The game should have stopped, you can’t play football like this,” said the DT.
“The stadium shouted ‘monkey, monkey.’ sad,” concluded Carletto.
Courtois moved by the attack on his partner: “I would have gone with him”
The Belgian Thibaut Courtois, goalkeeper of Real Madrid, condemned the racist chants received by the Brazilian Vinícius Junior during the defeat of Valencia at the Mestalla (1-0): “If he had told me he didn’t want to play, I would have gone with him”
“One day they should only put a camera on those people. They made all kinds of gestures to me too… today’s football goes onto the field to insult and not to encourage. If ‘Vini’ tells me he doesn’t want to play, I would have left the field with him,” he told Movistar+.
“At one point he said he would stop and then continue. I would have gone with him because it is something we cannot tolerate,” he added.
“There was an act of racism. A few years ago, Valencia sued a Cadiz player for the same thing and now it’s happening here. There were ‘monkey’ noises… we can’t tolerate that,” he concluded .
In Belgium, if something happens, the field is closed. We cannot tolerate it. They are individuals who don’t think with their heads,” she added.
Lucas Vázquez was another of those who referred to the subject: “It was a complicated afternoon. Football must take a back seat. We have experienced something difficult to explain in 2023. It is unacceptable that there is racism on a field We have to take a lot of measures.”
And the Valencia coach, Rubén Baraja, has also shown solidarity: Valencia condemns any racist insult and we are model fans. If you demand respect from the Real Madrid players, you must also demand respect from our fans, because you are encouraging not to solve the problem. I am convinced that he is a great player, he will apologize because he was not adequate and we too as a club apologize if he felt offended.
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“It wasn’t the first time, nor the second, nor the third. Racism is normal in La Liga. The competition thinks it’s normal, even the Federation and the opponents encourage it. I’m sorry. The championship that once belonged to Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano and Messi now belongs to racists. A beautiful nation, which has welcomed me and the person I love, but which has agreed to export the image of a racist country to the world. Sorry for the Spaniards who disagree, but today, in Brazil, Spain is known as a country of racists. And unfortunately, for everything that happens every week, I have no defenses. I agree. But I am strong and will go far against racists. Even if it’s far from here.”
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