The Spanish authorities have made the first three arrests in relation with Vinicius Jr.’s racial abuse during a La Liga match against Valencia.
Following a full backlash from top players, legends, and government officials, Spanish authorities have made their first three arrests of people aged 18 to 21 in connection with the racial abuse suffered by Vinicius Jr in the La Liga match against Valencia on Sunday, May 21, 2023, according to BBC World News.
According to the BBC:
Police in Spain have detained three people in connection with racist abuse directed at the Real Madrid footballer, Vinicius Jr, during a match on Sunday.
The three are aged between 18 and 21, the police said in a message on Twitter.
The Brazil international, who is black, has been subjected to such abuse numerous times this season.
The latest incident, during an away match at Valencia, has sparked outrage in both Spain and Brazil.
The game was paused in the second half as an incensed Vinicius reported opposition fans to the referee.
It was also stated that five Atletico Madrid supporters who were responsible for hanging an effigy of Vini Jr from a bridge were detained five months after the incident.
The BBC verified this in a statement, which also stated:
Earlier, Spanish police detained four people suspected of hanging an effigy of Vinicius from a bridge in Madrid in January.
The figure appeared ahead of a match between Real and their rivals in the capital, Atletico.
It was hung by its neck under a banner saying: “Madrid hates Real”.
Vinicius Jr. and other top officials have all expressed their displeasure in the aftermath of the occurrence, and football fans and stars from all around the world have also expressed their support for the Player.