MADRID, Sep. 19 (.) –
Movement against Intolerance filed a complaint on Monday with the Hate Crimes Prosecutor’s Office for the “racist campaign” suffered by Real Madrid striker Vinícius Junior “on social networks, the media and in the vicinity of the Cívitas Metropolitano”.
In a week marked by the unanimous condemnation of the soccer world of the racist insults received by the Brazilian, several ultra fans gathered in the outskirts of the Metropolitan before this Sunday’s derby between Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid and sang songs like ‘Vinicius, you are a monkey’.
“No football debate, whatever it may be, about celebrations surrounding a goal or any other, justifies the commission of a set of illicit acts that involve racist and xenophobic hate speech and crimes, in the networks, media, surrounding or inside a playing field. These facts make this soccer player a victim of racism, xenophobia and intolerance,” explains Movement Against Intolerance.
For this reason, he urges the Hate Crimes Prosecutor’s Office to “intervene”. “The Penal Code expressly prohibits demonstrations that are held for the purpose of committing a crime and sanctions their promoters or directors,” he underlines.
In addition, Movement against Intolerance has also sent a letter to the Secretary of State for Sport, reminding him that racist, xenophobic and intolerant acts are behaviors that are prohibited and sanctioned by the Law in Sport and asks that they be addressed by the State Commission Against Violence, Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance, adopting “the sanction measures provided for in the Law”.
In his letter, he also affirms that “the Observatory of Violence, Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Sport”, dependent on the Higher Sports Council (CSD), “is still not convened, “in a context where manifestations of racism are on the rise and intolerance towards players from different football teams”.