The club condemns the "hate crime" suffered by its player in Mestalla
AFE and Movement against Intolerance also join the lawsuit
MADRID, 22 May. (EUROPA PRESS)
Real Madrid showed its "strongest rejection" and has filed a complaint with the State Attorney General's Office for the racist insults made against its Brazilian player Vinícius Júnior in the LaLiga Santander match against Valencia, played this Sunday at Mestalla, which They consider it a "hate crime".
"Real Madrid CF shows its strongest revulsion and condemns the events that took place yesterday against our player Vinícius Junior. These events constitute a direct attack on the coexistence model of our social and democratic State of law," the club said in a statement. a statement.
They announce, in it, that "such attacks also constitute a hate crime", for which the club filed a complaint with the State Attorney General's Office, specifically before the Prosecutor's Office against hate crimes and discrimination, so that " investigate the facts and clear up responsibilities".
"Article 124 of the Spanish Constitution establishes the functions of the Public Prosecutor's Office to promote the action of justice in defense of legality and the rights of citizens and the public interest," defended the white club.
Thus, given the "seriousness" of the events that occurred, Real Madrid went to the State Attorney General's Office "without prejudice to its appearance as a private prosecution in the proceedings that are initiated."
Vinícius Jr. refused to play at the Mestalla after pointing out the racist insults from a part of the 'che' team's stands. The referee De Burgos Bengoetxea initiated the protocol against racism and a warning was issued over the public address system. However, the match continued and Vinícius was sent off shortly after in an action in which he hit Hugo Duro in the face.
For their part, the Movement Against Intolerance (MCI) and the Association of Spanish Soccer Players (AFE) have also filed complaints with the State Attorney General's Office for the racist insults uttered to Vinícius.
Both organizations have completely rejected the "inadmissible behavior of some fans", understanding that action must be taken now, "and forcefully, in the face of events so serious that, unfortunately, they are not isolated."
AFE recalled that it has repeatedly requested a plenary meeting of the State Commission against Violence, Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Sport, of which the association is a part, "without having received a response for the moment".
"Both AFE and the Movement Against Intolerance demand the immediate convening of a plenary meeting of the Spanish Observatory on Racism and Xenophobia and the Plenary of the State Commission against Violence, Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Sport", they point out. .
AFE and MCI consider that LaLiga, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and the Government have the "disciplinary mechanisms necessary to act with sufficient forcefulness in the face of this type of act."
"Both the Government and the Prosecutor's Office can and must immediately take action in this matter to adopt the necessary measures in the face of such serious events. Not everything goes in sport, in which authentic criminals are sheltered who must be repudiated and sanctioned with the forcefulness they deserve", they stress.
In the opinion of AFE and the Movement Against Intolerance, if forceful measures are not adopted now, Spain will continue to "fail as a society" in the face of events that cross its borders and that are "irreparably damaging" the image of the country.