Emotional Scenes As Vinicius Junior Breaks Down in Tears When Asked About Racism in Spain

Emotional Scenes As Vinicius Junior Breaks Down in Tears When Asked About Racism in Spain

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
March 25, 2024 at 5:22 PM
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  • Emotions run high as Vinicius Junior addressed racism questions
  • His bold response generated a round of applause at the presser
  • Vini's Brazil will face Spain in a friendly under the slogan "One Skin"

Vinicius Junior found himself overcome with emotion when confronted with questions about racism in Spain during a press briefing ahead of Brazil's international friendly against La Roja.

The Real Madrid winger has endured unfair treatment, spiralling into racist taunts from rival fans in La Liga matches in recent years, with one incident in Valencia in May provoking worldwide outrage.

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Vinicius could not hold back his tears as he responded to questions about racism in Spain. Photos by Diego Souto and Europa Press.
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Despite residing in Spain since 2018, Vini Jr. has faced numerous instances of racial abuse, leading journalists to broach the sensitive topic during the press conference.

Struggling to contain his emotions, the 23-year-old was moved to tears as he pleaded for an end to the "suffering of black people," a plea that was met with a round of applause, per GOAL.

Despite his visible distress, he expressed his determination to remain with Los Blancos, vowing not to be deterred by the challenges he faces.

"I’m sorry. I just want to play football, do everything for my club and my family, never see black people suffering," Vini said as quoted by talkSPORT.
“I'm going to remain firm and strong because the president and the club support me”.

Carvajal insists Spain is not a racist country

In a related development, Spain defender, Dani Carvajal, stated that his country is not racist as they prepared for a friendly match against Brazil organised to stand against racism.

The 2010 World Cup winners scheduled a friendly encounter against Brazil, led by Vinicius, at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, promoting the slogan "One Skin" as part of their efforts to combat racism.

"I don't think Spain is a racist country," Carvajal, a teammate of Vinicius' at Madrid, told a news conference.
"We have a very high level of integration. I come from a humble neighbourhood, Leganes, and grew up with boys of all types of nationalities.

Real Madrid files racist complaints

In a previous publication, Sports Brief highlighted that Real Madrid had lodged a complaint regarding the racist abuse directed at star forward, Vinicius.

This action followed the emergence of videos on social media depicting racist chants directed at Vini by Atletico Madrid fans outside the Metropolitano Stadium ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash against Inter Milan.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.