TV show accused of bullying Vinicius Jr over anti-racism response

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TV show The Chiringuito of Jugones has been accused of trying to bully Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior into not posting an anti-racism video on his social media.

The Brazilian was at the center of a storm of racism as Real Madrid won the derby against Atletico this week. Racist chants directed at him were clearly heard during the game, and he was also called a “monkey” by supporters outside the stadium when the teams also arrived.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez got involved, urging Atletico to immediately condemn the incidents, which they did.

“I am an Atletico Madrid supporter so I was very sad when I saw what happened,” Sanchez said.
“I expect a strong message from the club against this kind of behaviour.”

Meanwhile, Vinicius’ Real Madrid and Brazil teammate Rodrygo has also spoken out, saying he knows what he heard on the pitch.

“I think I heard it,” he said. “I can’t say 100 per cent, but I’m 99 per cent sure. I think it was ‘mono’, which means ‘monkey’ in Spanish. That’s what I I heard. It’s a delicate subject, we have nothing more to say to each other. . We must continue the fight against racism.”

Vinicius Jr was in the spotlight this week with his goal celebration dances that were criticized by some media.

Pedro Bravo, president of the Spanish Association of Football Agents, appeared as a guest on The Chiringuito of Jugones saying Vinicius Jr should stop ‘monkey’, and also added a nasty xenophobia flavor by saying he ‘should go to Brazil to do samba in the sambadrome’ if he wants to dance.

It has now been alleged by Spanish journalist Inaki Angulo, as reported by ESPN, that there were also messages and texts from the TV show staff to Vinicius Jr’s social media team ahead of his planned anti-racism video. One of the messages, Angulo claims, told them “if you post the video, we will destroy you.”

The Chiringuito later tried to dismiss the massive condemnation directed at them, saying, “The expression ‘playing the monkey’ in Spain is to ridicule oneself. It’s not racist.”

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