Vinicius Junior Targeted By Atletico Madrid Fans Days After Issuing Statement On Racism
Vinicius junior was the subject of racist abuses ahead of Sunday’s Madrid derby.
A group chanting “Vinicius Junior is a monkey” in front of the Wanda Metropolitano stadium was filmed while a man held up a racist doll.
These vile scenes were just days after Vinicius, a Real Madrid forward, made a strong social media statement condemning racism.
A week before, Vinicius was criticized for dancing to celebrate a goal against Real Mallorca.
Vinicius claimed that players from Mallorca had told him to kick him after his dance. This was after Real’s second goal in a 4-1 victory. Pedro Bravo,
Soccer agent, said that Vinicius could perform Samba dancing if he won the goal.
Bravo said: “He should behave respectfully and not act like a monkey. “
Vinicius responded by issuing a lengthy statement in the form a video (see below). After having already spoken out, Vinicius made a strong statement on Sunday night by releasing a lengthy video.
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After helping to set up Rodrygo’s opening goal in Real’s 2-1 win over Atletico, he celebrated with a trademark dance.
“‘While the color of skin is more important than the brightness of the eyes, there will be war.’ This phrase is tattooed on me. This thought is etched on my body. This is the attitude and philosophy I try to live by in my daily life. They say happiness is annoying. They are more annoyed by the happiness of a black Brazilian who is victorious in Europe.
“But, my desire to win and the joy in my eyes is much greater than that. It is impossible to imagine it. I was the victim of xenophobia, racism and one statement. All of this happened yesterday.
” A few weeks ago, they began to criminalize me for my dances. Dances that aren’t mine. They are from Ronaldinho, Neymar, Paqueta, Griezmann, Joao Felix, Matheus Cunha… they are funk artists, Brazilian sambistas, from Reggaeton artists, and from black Americans. They are dances that celebrate the cultural diversity of the globe. Accept it, respect. I will not let it go.
” I come from a country with a lot of poverty. People don’t have educations and often don’t even have food on the table. I don’t usually speak out publicly to address criticism. They criticize me, but I don’t speak. They praise me, but I don’t. I work! I work a lot.
“On the pitch. I created an app to support the education of children in public school without any financial assistance. I am building a school in the name of my family. I will do more for education. I want the next generation to be as prepared to fight against racists, xenophobes, and to do so in a way that is similar to how I was.
” I strive to be a professional citizen and an example of good citizenship. It doesn’t attract clicks and it doesn’t motivate cowards to talk aggressively about people they don’t even know.
” The plot always ends with an apology and a “they misinterpreted” I will not stop dancing, racist. It doesn’t matter if it’s at the Sambadromo or at the Bernabeu, it doesn’t matter. ‘
” With love and the smiles that make you happy. “
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