The scourge of racism continues to rock football. Madrid’s Vinicius Jr was targeted by racist chants launched by Atletico de Madrid supporters before the match against Real on Sunday 18 September. A large group of Colchoneros supporters were filmed chanting “You are a monkey, Vinicius you are a monkey” in front of the Wanda Metropolitano, the stadium where the game is played.
️CÁNTICOS RACISTAS CONTRA VINICIUS de cientos de aficionados del @Atleti at the puertas del Metropolitano:
“Eres a mono, Vinicius eres a mono”.
⛔️FUERA LOS VIOLENTOS Y RACISTAS DEL FÚTBOL
— Tiempo de Juego (@tjcope) September 18, 2022
A few days ago, the president of the association of Spanish agents, Pedro Bravo, complained on the show El Chiringuito about Vinicius’ dancing celebrations after scoring a goal. “You have to respect the opponent. When you score your opponent’s goal, if you want to dance the samba, you’ll do it in Brazil. Here, all you have to do is respect other players and stop monkeying around.” he said. Racist remarks denounced by many football personalities, who came to support the Brazilian.
On Twitter, Pelé recalled that football was “A joy”, “a dance” and “a real party”and that it was necessary “combat racism” in “fighting for the right to be happy”.
O futebol é alegria. E uma danced. E uma verdadeira festa. Apesar de que o racismo ainda existenta, não permitiremos que isso nos impeça de continuar sorrindo. En nós continuaremos combatendo o racismo desta forma: lutando pelo nosso direito de sermos felizes. #BailaViniJr pic.twitter.com/yCJxJEAn4a
— Pele (@Pele) September 16, 2022
If Real Madrid reacted by press release to support their player, Vinicius Jr himself took the floor to denounce the racism of which he is the victim and recall that, like him, many other players celebrate their goals by dancing: “The happiness of a black Brazilian winner in Europe disturbs. Weeks ago they started criminalizing my dancing. Dances that are not mine. They belong to Ronaldinho, Neymar, Paquetá, Griezmann, João Félix, Matheus Cunha… They belong to Brazilian funk and samba artists, reggaeton singers and black Americans. These are dances to celebrate the cultural diversity of the world. Accept it, respect it […] I won’t stop dancing. Whether at the Sambadrome, the Bernabéu or elsewhere”.
—Vini Jr. (@vinijr) September 16, 2022
And if he did not score a goal on Sunday, during the Madrid derby, the Brazilian still made a few dance steps to celebrate the goal of his teammate, Rodrygo.