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Vinicius Jnr reveals death threats as Christ the Redeemer statue is turned off in Rio


Vinicius Jnr reveals ‘inhumane’ death threats from opposing fans as he hits out at Spanish authorities for dealing with racist abuse… as his hometown of Rio de Janeiro turns off the lights of the statue of the Christ the Redeemer by solidarity

Vinicius Jnr has released a damning statement insisting the racial and immoral abuse he has suffered while playing for Real Madrid this season is ‘inhumane’.

The Brazilian winger has been serially targeted with racism and hate messages on 10 occasions throughout the campaign, with racist chanting in Valencia on Sunday another despicable example, and he has also received death threats from rival supporters in some away games with Madrid this season.

Vinicius’ La Liga future is in doubt as the player, despite being committed to Madrid who opened ‘hate crime’ legal proceedings at Mestalla, is said to be assessing his position in Spain.

The 22-year-old superstar has remained largely silent since the heartbreaking scenes that unfolded in Valencia on Sunday but has now hit out at the perpetrators who have sought to make his life a misery.

Meanwhile, his hometown of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil turned off the lights of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in solidarity with the player.

Vinicius Jnr has released a damning statement about the abuse he has suffered this season alongside a shocking video

Vinicius posted a photo of the statue bathed in darkness with a statement saying: “Black and imposing”. Christ the Redeemer was exactly like that. An action of solidarity that moves me. But above all, I want to inspire and bring more light to our fight.

“I really appreciate the whole chain of affection and support I have received over the past few months. In Brazil and around the world. I know exactly who is who. Count on me because the good ones are in the majority and I won’t give up.

“I have a purpose in life and if I have to suffer more and more so that future generations do not experience similar situations, I am ready and prepared.”

Atletico Madrid fans had hung a doll of Vinicius from a bridge in the Spanish capital earlier in the season, while chants in Valencia also told him to ‘die’.

Writing online alongside a video which shows all the separate incidents of abuse he suffered, the Madrid talent wrote: “Every lap away from home is a bad surprise.” And there were plenty of them this season.

‘Death wishes, hanging doll, many criminal cries… All recorded. But the discourse always falls on ‘isolated cases’, ‘a fan’. No, these are not isolated cases. They are continuous episodes distributed in several cities of Spain (and even in a TV show).

“The proof is there in the video. Now I ask: how many of these racists had names and photos exposed on websites? I answer to make things easier: zero’ he added.

“None to tell a sad story or make these bogus public apologies. What is missing to criminalize these people? And punish clubs sportingly? Why don’t sponsors charge La Liga? Don’t televisions take the trouble to broadcast this barbarity every weekend?

Real Madrid striker Vinicius suffered racist abuse in Sunday's loss to Valencia

Real Madrid striker Vinicius suffered racist abuse in Sunday’s loss to Valencia

Vinicius (middle) took matters into his own hands after hearing the songs of the monkeys in Valencia

Vinicius (middle) took matters into his own hands after hearing the songs of the monkeys in Valencia

“The problem is very serious and the communications are no longer working. Don’t blame me for justifying criminal acts either. You are not football, you are inhuman.

The post has since been viewed more than 7 million times on Twitter, with the accompanying video showing the astonishing extent of abuse Vinicius had to endure while playing football.

The shameful acts have been condemned by some of LaLiga’s most prominent figures, while others have tried to play down the nature of Vinicius’ complaints. League president Javier Tebas has surprisingly insisted Spanish football doesn’t have a problem with racism and called Vinicius’ criticism ‘unfair’.

Meanwhile, Barcelona manager Xavi posted a message of support for the Brazilian flair player and accused football of being ‘the only profession where insults are accepted’.

Vinicius was also comforted by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who held a meeting with the player on Monday where he explained how the club would defend him.

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