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Vinicius Jr thanks Casemiro after Man Utd star calls on La Liga to take action over racism

Vinicius Jr thanks Casemiro after Man Utd star calls on La Liga to take action over racism

Vinicius Jr claims he was racially abused while playing for Real Madrid against Valencia.

Vinicius Jr has thanked Casemiro for his support after the Manchester United midfielder called on La Liga to take a zero-tolerance approach to racism.

Vinicius Jr, 22, was once again subjected to vile racist abuse during a La Liga match on Sunday.

Real Madrid's match against Valencia was paused after the half-time break when the Brazilian pointed out to the referee home supporters who were abusing him.

Vinicius Jr was later sent off for violent conduct in second-half added time of his side's 1-0 defeat following an altercation with Valencia striker Hugo Duro.

Vinicius Jr was taunted by Valencia supporters while leaving the field and the Brazilian later claimed he was subjected to racist abuse.

"It was not the first time, nor the second, nor the third. Racism is normal in La Liga. The competition considers it normal, the federation considers it normal and the rivals encourage it," Vinicius posted on Twitter after the game.

"The championship that once belonged to Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano and Messi today belongs to the racists

"A beautiful nation, which welcomed me and which I love, but which accepted to export to the world the image of a racist country.

"I am sorry for those Spaniards who disagree but today, in Brazil, Spain is known as a country of racists. I am strong and I will go all the way against the racists. Even if it is far away from here."

Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga, received criticism for his response to Vinicius Jr in which he appeared to deflect some of the blame back at the Real Madrid forward.

"Since there are those who should but don't explain to you what LaLiga is and what it can do in cases of racism, we have tried to explain it to you, but you have not shown up for either of the two agreed meetings that you yourself requested," Tebas wrote on social media.

"Before you criticise and slander La Liga, you need to inform yourself properly.

"Don't let yourself be manipulated and make sure you understand each party's responsibilities and the work we have been doing together.”

Casemiro gives his support to Vinicius Jr

Vinicius Jr's international teammate, Casemiro, has now called on Tebas and La Liga to take a zero-tolerance approach to racism in Spanish football.

"La Liga must take exemplary measures urgently, because these repeated incidents of racism stain the image not only of Spanish football, but also of all world football," Casemiro posted on Instagram.

"And the feeling should be unanimous: zero tolerance!!!!"

Vinicius Jr responded to Casemiro: "Thank you, Case!", followed by the love-heart and prayer emojis.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Vinicius Jr, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Valencia, La Liga, Casemiro