Following the racial abuse hurled at Vinicius Jr. in La Liga, Real Madrid issued an official statement.
Real Madrid player Vinicius Jr. was subjected to racist chanting from some Valencia fans during the La Liga match on Sunday, May 21, 2023, prompting a sharp response from Los Blancos.
Real Madrid affirmed in an official statement that the acts and comments directed at Vinicius Jr were problematic, and that they had taken the required legal steps and contacted the office of the Attorney General of Spain to resolve the matter.
The statement read:
Real Madrid C. F. strongly condemns the events that took place yesterday against our player Vinícius Junior. These events represent a direct attack on the social and democratic model of coexistence of our State based on the rule of law.
Real Madrid believes that such attacks also constitute a hate crime, and has therefore filed the corresponding report with the Attorney General’s Office, specifically with the Prosecutor’s Office against crimes of hatred and discrimination, in order for the facts to be investigated and for those responsible to be held accountable.
Article 124 of the Spanish Constitution stipulates that the role of the Public Prosecutor’s Office is to promote the pursuit of justice in defense of legality and the rights of citizens and the public interest. Given the seriousness of the events that took place, Real Madrid has appealed to the Attorney General’s Office, without prejudice to its standing as a private prosecutor in any proceedings that may be initiated.