Police Arrest Six Mallorca Ultras With Banners Against Vinicius and Tebas

Police Arrest Six Mallorca Ultras With Banners Against Vinicius and Tebas

Ero Samson
June 2, 2023 at 3:39 PM
  • Vinicius Jr. was a victim of racial abuse in the match against Valencia
  • Six Mallorca fans have been arrested for displaying racially abusive banners
  • La Liga is requesting greater jurisdiction to punish clubs with racially abusive fans

Further arrests have been made by Spanish police in connection to hate crimes against Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior.

This comes weeks after La Liga promised stiff sanctions against any form of racism in the league.

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La Liga are seeking jurisdiction to punish clubs with racially abusive fans. Image: Oscar Del Pozo.
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According to UH Mallorca, via Marca, six fans have been arrested for posters and chants directed towards the Brazilian La Liga President Javier Tebas.

The incidents occurred ahead of a match between Valencia and Real Mallorca after Vinicius was abused at Mestalla Stadium just three days before.

In the lead-up to the fixture, fans were seen with signs saying:

‘Vinicius, trash. Your skin has no cure’ and ‘F*** the league, Tebas die’. Those were then accompanied by chants from those fans.

This is the latest in an increased effort from La Liga and the police to identify and arrest discriminatory fans. There were arrests of Atletico Madrid fans for the hanging of a Vinicius mannequin, and then those that abused him at Mestalla.

However, there have been no culprits identified for an anti-semitic poster outside the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid, on the day these events occurred, was not playing in Palma, but rather was playing the corresponding game on matchday 35 at Mestalla. When the Police Drone Unit was flying over the area with a device, it noticed the presence of the Mallorca ultras and the offensive content of the banners. After their recognition, they have been charged with hate crimes.

La Liga’s plan against racism

As reported by Independent UK, La Liga players and officials have called for racism to be tackled in Spain in the wake of the event that unfolded between Valencia fans and Vinicius Jr. in the match at the Mestalla.

Players and officials have since been urged to stand behind banners that read 'Racism, out of football'.

Vinicius was set to serve a two or three-match ban after being sent off at Valencia, but Spain’s competition committee – a body formed by one member from La Liga, one from the Spanish Sports Council (CSD) and one from RFEF (Spanish FA) – has rescinded that red card.

La Liga, meanwhile, said it would request greater jurisdiction to punish clubs whose fans were guilty of racist abuse, after feeling 'powerless' at the lack of current sanctions in the wake of the latest Vinicius incident.

According to the country’s law, La Liga can currently only identify and report incidents, and punishment is rarely handed out.

Eto’o shows support for Vinicius

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that former Cameroon and Barcelona striker, Samuel Eto'o has urged Brazilian winger, Vinicius Jr. to stand up for his rights after he suffered racist abuse from fans in La Liga.

The Real Madrid winger was abused by fans of Valencia during Los Blancos' defeat at the Estadio Mestalla a fortnight ago.

In an attempt to react to the chants from the fans, Vinicius Jr. ended up getting sent off as Real Madrid finished the game with ten men.

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