Gianni Infantino, president of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), issued a statement expressing his support for Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior against racist remarks during a match against Valencia in the Spanish league.
Infantino said in a statement he released on his Instagram account on Monday: “Everyone stands in solidarity with Vinicius, racism has no place in football or in society and FIFA supports all players who find themselves in such situations. The match between Valencia and Real Madrid shows that this should be our business.”
In his statement, the FIFA president also stressed the need for the referees to comply with the rules of the International Federation of Football Associations in relation to these incidents, the most prominent of which are the stoppage of the match, the subsequent departure of the players and informing the internal announcer to the spectators that the match will be stopped if the attack continues, and thirdly , the end of the match, and in the event of a repetition of the attack, victory is awarded to the opposing team.
“Obviously this is easier said than done, but we need to do it and we need to support it through training,” he concluded.
Real Madrid lost their match against Valencia in the Spanish league yesterday Sunday with a clean goal, but the most notable event was the expulsion of Vinicius after being subjected to racism on and off the field and his falling out with a number of ” Valencia.” players, leading to his elimination only in the second half.