Separately, the Movement Against Intolerance (MCI) and the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) said in a joint statement that they had also filed a complaint with the same prosecutor’s office, citing racial slurs against a black player.
Vinicius Jr. pointed out the fans who insulted him, causing the match to be suspended for 10 minutes and then getting into an altercation with Valencia players, resulting in a second-half suspension. Real lost the match 1-0. The Brazilian footballer later expressed his disappointment on Twitter, saying that racism in La Liga is normal and calling Spain a racist country.
I totally agree with Vinicius. Racism has no place in soccer or in society, and FIFA supports all players who find themselves in this situation, Infantino said in a statement.
The events during the match between Valencia and Real Madrid show that this is how it should be. That is why there is a three-step process in FIFA competitions, which is recommended at all levels of soccer.
First, you stop the match, you announce it. Second, the players leave the field and the announcer announces that if the attacks continue, the match will be suspended. The match resumes and then, third, if the attacks continue, the match is stopped and the three points go to the opponent.
Infantino added that steps to stop racism must be supported through education. Vinciús Jr. received a wave of support after the incident, including from Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti.
La Liga has previously filed complaints about racist chanting or insults against Vinicius Jr., most recently a lawsuit in Mallorca after fans were caught on video making racist slurs against the striker. Spanish police are also investigating a possible hate crime against Vinicius Jr. after a mannequin bearing his No. 20 jersey was hung from a bridge near Real Madrid’s training base in January.