The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have fined Valencia €45,000 euros (£39,000) and ordered a partial closure of their stadium for five games following racist abuse directed towards Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior.
Vinicius has also had the red card he received in the match overturned, meaning he will be free to play for Real at home against Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old was sent off in injury-time of the game following a melee.
“If the institutions don’t want to find a real solution, let’s try to do it by ourselves, for ourselves,” said Pogba.
“Vinicius Junior full support bro”.
Three were allegedly involved in the incident at the Mestalla while four further individuals were detained on suspicion of hanging an effigy of Vinicius from a Madrid bridge in January.
They said in a statement: “The Competition Committee has sanctioned Valencia CF with the partial closure of the Mestalla stadium for five matches, more specifically the Mario Kempes south stand, following the events that occurred during the match between the home team and Real Madrid CF.
“It is considered proven that, as reflected by the referee in his minutes, there were racist shouts at Vinicius, a Real Madrid CF player, during the aforementioned match, altering the normal course of the match and considering the infractions very serious.
“In addition, an economic sanction of 45,000 euros is imposed on Valencia.
“It is possible to file an appeal, within 10 working days, before the Appeals Committee.”
The Competition Committee has also decided to rescind the red card shown to Vinicius.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said he would have walked off the pitch with Vinicius if he had decided to stop playing.
“If Vini wants to keep playing, we keep playing, but if Vini says he’s not playing any more, I’m leaving the pitch with him, because we cannot tolerate these things,” Courtois told Movistar.
“(I feel) bad because there was an act of racism … I remember at the start, around the 20th minute there were monkey sounds, sometimes it’s hard to see if it is or not, (but) the first thing is that we cannot accept this, we cannot tolerate this.
“One day you will have to put a camera just focused on these people because the disgusting things you can hear are crazy.”
Read the full article here