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Tuesday 23. May 2023 - 08:18

Six VAR referees sacked after Vinicius Jr vs Valencia game

The Royal Spanish Football Federation and The Technical Committee of Referees have reportedly fired six VAR referees following the alleged racist abuse of Vinicius Jr.

Vinicius was at the centre of Real Madrid's 1-0 defeat to Valencia on Sunday for all the wrong reasons.

The Br azilian winger initially got in a heated confrontation with Valencia supporters, who were allegedly racially abusing Vinicius from the stands.

The 22-year-old was then shown a red card for slapping Hugo Duro after being being manhandled by the Valencia player, sparking ironic jeers from the home fans.

Taking to social media after the game, Vinicius posted a powerful statement condemning the actions of those supporters, and the lack of action from La Liga.

But now it seems they have taken note, firing six La Liga officials, including Iglesias Villanueva, who was responsible for VAR during Real Madrid's defeat to Valencia, according to Marca.

Explaining the decision to sack the officials, the report claimed that the images given to the on-field referee De Burgos Bengoechea which led to Vinicus' red card were not complete.

"They cannot find the reason why the sequence sent only referred to the Br azilian's blow to Hugo Duro's face and not to the rest of the play," it was stated.

While Real Madrid have also released a statement regarding Sunday's events, which read: "Real Madrid C. F. strongly condemns the events that took place yesterday against our player Vinícius Junior."

"These events represent a direct attack on the social and democratic model of coexistence of our State based on the rule of law."

"Real Madrid believes that such attacks also constitute a hate crime, and has therefore filed the corresponding report with the Attorney General's Office, specifically with the Prosecutor's Office against crimes of hatred and discrimination, in order for the facts to be investigated and for those responsible to be held accountable."

"Article 124 of the Spanish Constitution stipulates that the role of the Public Prosecutor's Office is to promote the pursuit of justice in defense of legality and the rights of citizens and the public interest."

"Given the seriousness of the events that took place, Real Madrid has appealed to the Attorney General's Office, without prejudice to its standing as a private prosecutor in any proceedings that may be initiated."

Los Blancos' boss Carlo Ancelotti also took aim at La Liga, condemning the supporters in question.

"I’m calm, but what happened today shouldn’t happen," he said after the game.

"For a stadium to shout 'monkey' at a player and for a coach to think about taking him off for that… There’s something wrong with this league."

"It has to be stopped. And I would say the same if we won 3-0."

Provided by: Frank Henriksen
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