Vinicius Junior shown red card after slapping Hugo Duro as Real Madrid man reacts angrily to more racist abuse at Valencia
- Brazilian reacted to behaviour of fans
- Threat of the game being suspended
- Blancos star then saw red for lashing out
WHAT HAPPENED? The Blancos found themselves trailing at the Mestalla when Vinicius was subjected to more discriminatory comments and actions from the stands. The Brazilian identified those responsible, leading to the game being paused for several minutes as those in the crowd were warned that the game would be suspended if they did not change their behaviour. The match did continue, but Vinicius was then shown a red card in stoppage time following an unsightly melee that saw him slap an arm into the face of Hugo Duro, with Real eventually losing 1-0.
A crazy few minutes at Mestalla 👀— Viaplay Sports UK (@ViaplaySportsUK) May 21, 2023
First, Cömert used a second ball on the pitch to knock the ball out of Vini Jr's path ⚽
Then as the referee tried to sort out the aftermath, Vini Jr became visibly annoyed at something said by fans behind the goal 😳 pic.twitter.com/xGci65zkDl
Absolute chaos! 😬— Viaplay Sports UK (@ViaplaySportsUK) May 21, 2023
Vini Jr. is now SENT OFF! 🟥
Minutes after it seemed like he was the subject of abuse, the Real Madrid star sees red pic.twitter.com/4dXlvESrQ0
Vini Jr. picks up his first career straight red card 🔴 pic.twitter.com/sD8kKQX9g8— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 21, 2023
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Vinicius has been subjected to racist abuse on an alarmingly regular basis in the 2022-23 campaign, with eight complaints already filed by La Liga.
WHAT NEXT? It remains to be seen what action will be taken, and by which authorities, following another chaotic fixture in the Spanish top-flight that has seen the division make headlines for too many wrong reasons.