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Vinicius Junior wants to leave Real Madrid.

According to rumours, Vinicius Junior’s entourage is looking into the possibility of leaving Real Madrid in near future. The Brazil international was subjected to racial taunts on Sunday during his team’s 1-0 loss to Valencia. Vinicius Junior demanded action from La Liga while also receiving a red card late in the match.

On Sunday, repugnant footage was broadcast all over the world, showing Vinicius Junior in tears after enduring racial insults from the crowd. In the waning moments, the winger was also dismissed after video assistant referees ruled that he had slapped Valencia striker Hugo Duro.

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Vinicius Junior being held back by Valencia players as he approached the home crowd who were abusing him. Credits: Twitter

Vinicius Junior to consider Real Madrid exit to escape racial abuse

As a result of all the abuse he has seen this season, Vinicius Junior’s management is reportedly working on a potential departure strategy for the player, according to ESPN Brasil. Everyone who works closer with the athlete is reportedly “uncomfortable” with Real Madrid’s stance in the face of his continuous abuse.

Although the 22-year-old is said to be “on edge,” his desire is to remain at the Bernabeu and end racism once and for all. Vinicius has been the constant focus of hateful fans throughout the season and the incident against Valencia was just one of many. He has been abused by the fans of Osasuna, Real Mallorca, Real Valladolid, and Atletico Madrid, apart from the Mestalla crowd.

Moreover, apart from verbal abuse, Atletico Madrid supporters have also gone so far as to carve an offensive image of the forward. Following his sending off, Vinicius Junior immediately resorted to social media to assert that racism is “normal” in Spain and that it is now owned by the “racists”. He said:

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Atletico Madrid fans hung doll of Vinicius Junior from bridge with a message, ‘Madrid hates Real’. Credits: Twitter
“It wasn’t the first time, nor the second, nor the third. Racism is normal in La Liga. The competition thinks it’s normal, the Federation does too and the opponents encourage it. I’m so sorry. The championship that once belonged to Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano and Messi today belongs to racists.
“A beautiful nation, which welcomed me and which I love, but which agreed to export the image of a racist country to the world. I’m sorry for the Spaniards who don’t agree, but today, in Brazil, Spain is known as a country of racists. And unfortunately, for everything that happens each week, I have no defense. I agree. But I am strong and I will go to the end against racists. Even if far from here.”

Now it’s up to La Liga and the regulatory organisations of football to take action. However, it happens that La Liga president Javier Tebas has already resorted to blame game, pinning the helplessness of the league in combating racism on the Brazilian himself. Tebas wrote in Vinicius Junior’s ranting against La Liga:

“Since those who should not explain to you what it is and what it can do La Liga in cases of racism. We have tried to explain it to you, but you have not shown up for either of the two agreed dates that you requested yourself. Before criticizing and insulting La Liga, it is necessary that you inform yourself properly, @Vinijr. Do not let yourself be manipulated and make sure you fully understand each other’s competencies and the work we have been doing together.”