Real Madrid News Latest: Vinicius’ latest racial abuse has gained a lot of publicity
A Madrid court announced on Thursday that four men who were arrested earlier this week in Spain for allegedly committing a hate crime by hanging a black effigy of Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr from a bridge have been released on bail.
The men are also being investigated for an offense against Vinicius’ moral integrity and have been prohibited from approaching or communicating with the Real Madrid player while further investigation takes place.
An investigation was launched after a black inflatable figure wearing Vinicius Jr’s shirt was hung from a bridge near Real Madrid’s training grounds before a match against Atletico Madrid in January. A red and white banner with the words “Madrid hates Real” was also displayed.
Police arrested four suspects, three of whom were previously identified as “high risk” members of a radical fan group. The court has banned the suspects from approaching Real Madrid’s training grounds and any LaLiga stadium during matches, as well as staying 1,000 meters away from the Santiago Bernabeu and Civitas Metropolitano stadiums.
Vinicius Jr has gained attention after being subjected to racist chants at Valencia’s Mestalla stadium on Sunday.
His criticism of Spain and LaLiga’s inadequate efforts to combat racism has generated global support and sparked a national discussion in Spain.