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La Liga’s Head Issues an Apology for Calling Vinicius Junior “Manipulated”

Tebas advised Vini Jr. to be informed before criticizing La Liga

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SPAIN: Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga, has apologized for implying that Vinicius Júnior was being “manipulated” when he brought up the prejudice he experienced in Spain. After receiving insults during Sunday’s match, the Brazil international resorted to social media to express his outrage, claiming it was a problem throughout the league. Tebas advised Vini Jr. to be informed before criticizing La Liga. 

He received harsh criticism for omitting to address the problem and has since expressed regret. Tebas apologized for his words being taken as an assault on Vinicius but chose a poor time and way to express himself.

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Vinicius had produced a video endorsing La Liga’s conduct, so the narrator had no intention of attacking him. Tebas supported the league’s stance, and the narrator took additional measures at his sporting events to identify fans and offer more security. 

For Vinicius, La Liga is responsible, and the narrator apologizes for misconstruing what occurred. Real filed a complaint with the Spanish State Attorney General’s Office after Vinicius threatened to leave the pitch due to being subjected to monkey chants during a match at the Mestalla.

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Valencia received a €45,000 fine and partial stadium suspension for five games, which they deemed “totally disproportionate” and will appeal. Head coach Rubén Baraja vowed to fight back against “smears.” Gareth Southgate has called for harsher sanctions.

Southgate expressed optimism that something good will result from the situation, saying that racism is an issue in our society and that people are burying their heads in the sand. He hopes it won’t just go away in 24 to 48 hours without a big shift. 

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Vinicius missed Real’s game against Rayo Vallecano due to a knee injury but was present to see his teammates wear shirts with his number and name on the back. Karim Benzema scored in the first half, and Rodrygo scored the game-winning goal in the 89th minute.

Also Read: Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr. Accuses La Liga of Racism


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