Vinicius found himself at the forefront of Real Madrid’s unfortunate 1-0 loss to Valencia on Sunday, but not for the reasons he would have hoped.
The talented Brazilian winger became involved in a heated altercation with Valencia supporters, who were reportedly engaging in racial abuse towards Vinicius from the stands.
As the situation escalated, the 22-year-old was ultimately shown a red card for striking Hugo Duro, who had been physically aggressive towards him and this led to ironic jeers from the home fans.
In response to the incident, Vinicius took to social media after the match to express his strong disapproval of the supporters’ actions and also voiced his disappointment with the lack of intervention from La Liga.
In recent developments, it appears that the authorities have taken action by dismissing six La Liga officials, including Iglesias Villanueva, who was responsible for overseeing the VAR system during Real Madrid’s match against Valencia, as reported by Marca.
The report elaborated on the reasoning behind the officials’ termination, stating that the footage provided to the on-field referee, De Burgos Bengoechea, which ultimately led to Vinicius’ red card was incomplete.
“They cannot find the reason why the sequence sent only referred to the Brazilian’s blow to Hugo Duro’s face and not to the rest of the play,” it stated.
Los Blancos’ boss Carlo Ancelotti also lashed out on La Liga saying,
“I’m calm, but what happened today shouldn’t happen,” he said after the game.
“For a stadium to shout “monkey” at a player and for a coach to think about taking him off for that… there’s something wrong with this league”.
“It has to be stopped. And I would say the same if we won 3-0.”