LaLiga president javier tebas apologized for suggesting Young Vinicius “was manipulated” real Madrid The winger addressed the racism he was exposed to in Spain.

The Brazilian international took to social media to say this was an issue he endured throughout the league after being harassed during Sunday’s game in Valencia.

Tebas wrote on Twitter, “Before you criticize and insult LaLiga, you should keep yourself well informed, Vini Jr. Don’t let him manipulate yourself” was widely criticized for not addressing the issue, and the LaLiga boss now said sorry.

“I don’t think the message and the intent I have is understood by a significant portion of[people]particularly in Brazil,” he told ESPN Brazil.

“I didn’t want to attack Vinicius, but if most people took it that way, I have to apologize. That was not my intention, I expressed myself badly at a bad time.

“But I had no intention of attacking Vinicius, instead I wanted to clarify a situation because Vinicius had recorded a video in support of LaLiga’s actions.”

While defending the league’s approach – especially regarding Vinicius – Tebas added: “If I hurt someone, they thought I was racist, that’s far from reality.

“I’m sorry for what happened and that’s why we condemn it. And we didn’t just condemn it, we took special actions in his matches.

“We talked to the clubs so they can provide more security, they can identify the fans. LaLiga will take care of Vinicius. And if they misunderstood what happened, I have to apologize.

Vinicius threatened to leave the field after being smitten with monkey chants in the second half at Mestalla, and Real, who said the incident was a “hate crime”, filed a criminal complaint with the Spanish Prosecutor’s Office.

Valencia were given a partial stadium ban for five matches and were fined 45,000 euros (£39,000) – a penalty the club described as “utterly disproportionate” for confirming they would appeal, while head coach Ruben Baraja pledged to fight “libels”. .

England manager Gareth Southgate spearheaded stricter penalty calls as his team was close to leaving the pitch after players were subjected to racial abuse during a match in Bulgaria in 2019.

“It’s disgusting. I think it’s so bad that it looks like it’s going to force change. I hope something positive will come out of this,” Southgate said on Wednesday.

“If someone tells me we don’t have a problem with racism in society, then it’s another example of what we’re dealing with, and frankly, more examples of people burying their heads in the sand.

“I hope it’s a story that doesn’t go away in 24-48 hours without any significant changes.”

Vinicius, whose red card was revoked against Valencia on Sunday, missed Real’s home game against Rayo Vallecano with a minor complaint from the knee, but was down before kick-off to see his teammates wearing jerseys with his number and name on the back. .

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