Vinicius Jr. : court will not prosecute the brazilian pour racist chant

Madrid pros­e­cu­tors will not pros­e­cute a racist chant direct­ed at Vini­cius Jr. before the Madrid der­by after find­ing that it “last­ed sec­onds” and did not con­sti­tute a crime.

A group of Atléti­co de Madrid fans were filmed out­side the Civ­i­tas Met­ro­pol­i­tano sta­di­um singing “Vini­cius, you’re a mon­key”, as Real Madrid won 2–1 on 18 Sep­tem­ber. Real Madrid won 2–1.

Sub­se­quent­ly, anti-racist lob­by groups against intol­er­ance filed com­plaints, while La Liga accused the Span­ish Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion’s Com­pe­ti­tion Com­mis­sion and the Span­ish Com­mis­sion of denounc­ing the anthem against violence.

The pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor decid­ed not to pur­sue the case. The EFE news agency report­ed that the Madrid Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tor’s Office had ruled that singing was “offen­sive” and “dis­re­spect­ful” but not a crime.

Pros­e­cu­tors believe there is no spe­cif­ic con­duct for which a par­tic­u­lar per­son could be pros­e­cut­ed, report­ed the EFE, and said the racist chant per­formed in the con­text of a “hot­ly con­test­ed” foot­ball match was , con­sid­ered not a crime against dig­ni­ty” De Vinicius.

Vini­cius, who is com­pet­ing with Brazil in the Qatar World Cup, said fans found guilty of racist abuse should be banned from watch­ing the game for life after the incident.

“Atleti­co Madrid fans should nev­er be allowed to set foot in the sta­di­um again,” he told Globo in Octo­ber. “It will make them suf­fer the con­se­quences and reflect on their actions.”

After the der­by, Atléti­co de Madrid denounced the song as “unac­cept­able” and said it “does not tol­er­ate racism”, adding that the club would expel mem­bers who iden­ti­fied them­selves as participants.

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