Ancelotti calls for ´zero tolerance´ policy on racism after Vinicius abused

    Carlo Ancelotti believes there should be a “zero tolerance” policy for racism after Real Valladolid fans insulted Real Madrid striker Vinicius Junior on Friday.

    Madrid won the match 2-0 thanks to a brace from Karim Benzema, but shocking footage emerged after the final whistle of Vinicius being racistly abused when he was substituted late, and objects were also thrown at the Brazilian international from the stands.

    Vinicius took to social media to express his frustration at the inaction of La Liga bosses in the fight against racism, stating that the league “continues to do nothing”.

    Ancelotti agreed with Vinicius that racism needed to be eradicated through more action, although he refrained from criticizing La Liga.

    Asked if he had discussed the topic with the Brazil international, Ancelotti told reporters: “I don’t need to [talk to Vinicius].

    “It’s completely clear to me. There shouldn’t be racism, there shouldn’t be xenophobia. It would be a mistake to talk about this with Vinicius.

    “This is a problem of society, it should not be, for me it should be zero tolerance.

    “I don’t think it’s a La Liga problem. This is a common, cultural problem in society. Society is not properly educated.

    “With such an important issue, I would not focus on Vinicius, La Liga or penalties. It’s much more.”

    A number of key Madrid players are set to expire at the end of this season, including midfield pairing Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

    However, Ancelotti is calm about their future, explaining: “Football is changing. When a player’s contract ends, it’s not as worrying as it was a few years ago.

    “A lot of players end their contract and it’s not a problem if they want to stay they stay and if they want to leave they leave. The clubs don’t care so much about it.”

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