Barcelona winger Hapinha supported Vinicius Junior in the face of racism with a ‘surprise performance’.
On the morning of the 24th, Barcelona suffered an unexpected 1-3 defeat at home to Valladolid in the 36th round of the 2022-23 Spanish Primera Liga at the Estadio Jose Sorriya in Valladolid, Spain.
It was a shocking result for a team that is practically in the relegation zone, but it was Hapinha who stole the show.
Immediately after coming off the bench, Hafinha took off his jersey, highlighting a sleeveless shirt with something written on it to the crowd. It was a gesture of support for his Brazilian teammate Vinicius Junior, who has been the victim of racist behavior by Valencia.
The shirt poked fun at the racism directed at Vinicius, saying, “Continuing to discriminate against people based on the color of their skin will only provoke war. The back of the shirt read, “Vinicius, we’re in this together,” to show his support.
Vinicius also took to social media to express his gratitude for Hapinha’s actions.
Meanwhile, the racist behavior at Valencia that sparked the incident began with Valencia fans calling him a “monkey” and other insults when he showed up at the stadium. Some fans also shouted curse words at him, including “please die”.
Vinicius responded: “I don’t know how long I have to deal with racism. I don’t know why La Liga doesn’t ban racism. I don’t know why La Liga doesn’t ban racism, Spain and La Liga are both racist countries.”
Valencia added fuel to the fire with a brilliant explanation.토토사이트
“We used the word TONTO instead of the word MONO,” said Valencia director Javier Solis, “so there was some misunderstanding. The opposing coach, Ancelotti, who accused our fans of being racist, should apologize.”
The incident spiraled out of control when the La Liga president also weighed in with a nuanced statement, “Vinicius, don’t insult La Liga.”