Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior expects Spanish authorities to punish those perpetrating the sort of appalling hate crimes he has had to suffer on derby day.
Vinicius Jr expects action over hate crime
Real Madrid’s star Brazil forward Vinicius Jr expects punishment to be handed out by Spanish authorities against hate crimes after a mannequin wearing his No. 20 shirt was hung from a bridge in front of the club’s training centre ahead of the Madrid derby.
Real were hosting Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Thursday and the mannequin was hung next to a banner in Atleti’s red and white colours, which read “Madrid hates Real”, during the early hours of Thursday, police said.
“Vinicius Jr is aware of the situation but is fully concentrated on tonight’s match,” a spokesperson for the 22-year-old player said.
“He will discuss the issue tomorrow with his club and legal staff but his position is still the same as before – he expects punishment from the authorities, not official statements.”