Vinicius Jr tells court he won’t accept fan’s apology for racial abuse

Vinicius Jr spoke before a court reviewing the evidence against a supporter who is alleged to have racially harassed him during a match against Mallorca in February.

Vinicius Junior, a Real Madrid attacker, testified against a Mallorca fan on Tuesday, claiming that he will not accept an apology for racially abusing him during a Spanish league game.

Vinicius reportedly refused to accept an apology and demanded that the Mallorca fan receive the fullest punishment, according to the player’s staff.

He testified before a judge who was reviewing the evidence against the fan who is said to have called the Brazil forward a monkey during a game against Mallorca in February.

The player informed the judge through video conference that he was offended by the taunts and that they had also occurred at earlier matches.

The fan, who has not been publicly recognised, attended court and gave testimony as well.

His face was covered as he left the court in Palma, according to local media photographs.

The 20-year-old fan apologised, the Ultima Hora daily reported.

The fan had already received a $4,300 punishment from Spain’s anti-violence commission as well as a one-year stadium ban.

According to Firstpost, Mallorca suspended his club membership for three years.

He was also accused of calling Samu Chukwueze, a midfielder for Villarreal, a monkey during another league game. 

Vinicius, 22, has endured taunts ever since he arrived in Spain five years ago.

The Spanish league, one of the parties who accused the Mallorca fan, has lodged legal complaints with the appropriate authorities regarding insults directed at the Brazilian, some of which have since been dropped.

In order to catch offenders when Vinicius plays, the league has recently boosted the amount of monitors at games.

After comments made by an Espanyol fan against Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams a few years ago, the first trial against a fan who racially disparaged a player in Spain is anticipated to start this year.

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