At a press conference on Monday, FC Barcelona coach Xavi defended Vinicius Jr, victim of racist insults in Valencia last night. The Catalan technician took the opportunity to bang his fist on the table against insults in general in football.
It’s a case that is sending shockwaves through Spain and the world of football at the moment. During Real Madrid’s defeat against Valencia (0-1) last Sunday, during the 35th day of La Liga, Vinicius Jr was the victim of racist insults. The Brazilian player said he was the victim of degrading chants comparing him to a monkey, uttered by spectators. Supported by various personalities from the world of football, the Brazilian was also able to count on the support of Xavi, coach of FC Barcelona.
” Generally speaking, unfortunately, there have always been instances of racism in football and it’s a shame that this is happening in 2023. Any act of racism must be condemned. Here, there are no shields, there are people, and acts of racism like that of Vinicius at the Mestalla must be condemned. I always thought that I was working, that I was in my field and that football was the only sport where insults were accepted.“, he said at a press conference on Monday, relayed by RMC Sports.
Xavi, who was obviously looking for an opportunity to speak out, let go of his fed up with insults in football: “I don’t see any baker, any worker, any journalist being insulted. It’s time to stop this. It’s a message to the president of La Liga or the Federation. No teacher is insulted, no worker is insulted. Go insult a worker and you will see what will happen to you, a brick will fall on your head.
I don’t have to put up with all kinds of insults and rudeness during my working hours. I’ve always thought that and now that I’m a Barça coach and I have more media power, I take the opportunity to say it“, he continued. He even suggests that we stop the game if there are insults. Decidedly, La Liga seems to be heading for a real revolution with this Vinicius Jr affair.