Real Madrid teammates and fans pay tribute to Vinicius Junior at the Bernabéu

Brazilian player wasn't on the pitch against Rayo Vallecano, but was honored in his fight against racism in Spain
2023-05-25 13:04:42

“Today we are all wearing the number 20!” Real Madrid players showed their solidarity with Vinicius Junior in a La Liga game against Rayo Vallecano last Wednesday by displaying his name and number on the back of their shirts.

Vinicius, who was the victim of racist insults by Valencia fans last weekend, has come under fire from La Liga president Javier Tebas – who later ask for forgiveness. His teammates, however, chose to support the Brazilian star by wearing his jersey during the warm-up before the meeting with Rayo Vallecano (2-1 victory).


La Liga takes unprecedented measures

This league action is part of a wider context, marked by the media campaign launched by Vinicius against La Liga and the support he has received from the football community. La Liga took almost unprecedented action by overturning the red card and suspension of the Brazilian player who was sent off in the game against Valencia. Moreover, Valencia will have to play several games with part of its stadium stands closes and have been fined.

Looking ahead, Vinicius is expected to be back this weekend to face Sevilla.

During the match against Rayo Vallecano, Vinicius thanked the Bernabéu crowd for the applause received in the 20th minute. This affection undoubtedly brought him comfort after the racist incidents he suffered.