Valencia fans get jail sentence for racist slurs of Madrid star Vinicius


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Three Valencia football fans were sentenced to eight months in prison for hate crimes against Real Madrid player Vinicius Junior, marking the first conviction for racist insults in a soccer stadium in Spain. The ruling is seen as a positive step in the fight against racism in Spain, as it sends a clear message to those who insult football stadiums, ensuring that LaLiga will identify and report such incidents. In Spain, prison sentences of less than two years for non-violent crimes rarely require a defendant without previous convictions to serve jail time, so the three are likely to remain free unless they commit further offenses. The three supporters were also banned from entering football stadiums for two years.

The events occurred at Valencia's Mestalla stadium in May last year when racist slurs were hurled at Vinicius, a Black player, during a league match. This led to an outpouring of support for the Brazilian forward and galvanized a series of local and international campaigns, including the creation of a Fifa antiracism committee made up of players. The 23-year-old Vinicius helped Real Madrid win the Champions League this past season and is one of the favorites to win the Ballon d'Or for the world's best player in October.


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