Spain faces reckoning after racist abuse of Real Madrid footballer

Written by on May 26, 2023

Racism targeting Real Madrid football star Vinícius Júnior has left Spain’s top league scrambling to repair its international image and prompted national soul-searching over discrimination.

During Real Madrid’s match at Valencia last weekend, the 22-year-old Brazilian reported racist abuse from fans to the referee, but was shown the red card at the end of the match after getting involved in a scuffle with opposition players.

Javier Tebas, chief executive of La Liga, which runs the top two Spanish divisions, then sparked international outrage when he urged Vinícius . . .

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