Vinicius Junior: Real Madrid star condemns “racist” criticism of goal celebration dance



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Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior denounced what he described as the racist criticism he received for his celebrations of the goal of the dance.

Appearing on Spanish television on Friday, Pedro Bravo – senior agent and president of the Spanish Agents Association – compared Vinicius Junior’s dancing celebrations after scoring a goal with the behavior of a monkey, arguing that the striker was disrespectful of his opponents and “must stop playing monkey.”

“When you score against an opponent, if you want to dance samba, you go to the sambadrome in Brazil, here what you have to do is respect your teammates and stop playing the monkey,” he said.

Bravo has been accused of using racist language by many on social media and since then Sorry on TwitterExplaining that he misused a metaphor.

But in a video posted on social media by Vinicius Junior on September 16, the Brazil international drew criticism and said he would not stop dancing.

Vinicius Jr. said in his book, “As long as the color of the skin is more important than the brightness of the eyes, there will be war.” Instagram share.

“This thought is always in my head. This is the attitude and philosophy I try to practice in my life. They say happiness is disturbing. The happiness of a successful black Brazilian in Europe annoys much more!”

“But my desire to win, my smile and the sparkle in my eyes is greater than all of this. You can’t even imagine. I was a victim of xenophobia and racism in one statement. But none of this started yesterday.”

Vinicius Junior celebrates scoring against Deportivo Alaves earlier this year.

The 22-year-old hired other players who also danced in celebration after scoring. He added, “A few weeks ago they started criminalizing my dances. Dances that are not mine. They belong to Ronaldinho, Neymar, (Lucas) Paqueta, (Antoine) Griezmann, Joao Felix, Matthews Kuna… They belong to Brazilian funk and samba artists, reggaeton singers and black Americans.

“They are dances to celebrate the cultural diversity of the world. Accept it and respect it. I will not stop.

“The text always ends with an apology and ‘I was misunderstood,’ but I will repeat it to you, racist: I will not stop dancing. Whether it’s at the Sambadrome, at the Bernabéu or wherever.”

In his apology on Twitter, Bravo said: “I want to make it clear that the expression ‘monkey playing’ that was misused to describe the dance of the Vinicius goal celebration was used figuratively (“playing the fool”) because my intent was not to offend anyone, I sincerely apologize, I’m sorry.” .

Neither the Federation of Spanish Agents nor Atresmedia, the broadcaster of the show where Bravo made his comments, immediately responded to CNN’s request for comment.

The agent’s comments came after Koke Resurrection warned Atletico Madrid’s Vinicius not to dance if he scored in the Madrid derby on Sunday.

Atlético coach Diego Simeone spoke before that match, saying: “We live in a society in which we all participate. We are human and that is the society that we have.”

Vinicius celebrates after scoring Real Madrid's second goal against Mallorca.

The Brazilian team offered its support to Vinicius Junior. “There will be dancing and dribbling, but above all (there will be) respect,” he wrote on Twitter, Accompanied by a video clip of Vinicius Junior and his international teammates Neymar and Lucas Paqueta dancing after a goal.

“Our athletes (Vinicius Jr.) were the target of racist comments on Thursday night (15). The Brazilian Football Confederation strengthens and stands in solidarity with #BailaViniJr.”

Real Madrid, who had enjoyed an excellent start to the season with five goals in eight matches, said Vinicius Jr statement The club will take “legal action against anyone who makes racist statements towards our players.”

Vinicius Jr. explained that he was working to ensure that future generations were better educated about these matters.

He said, “I come from a country where poverty is very prevalent, where people have no access to education, and in many cases, there is no food on the table.”

“On and off the field, I’ve developed an app to help educate children in public schools without financial help from anyone. I’m building a school in my name. I’ll do a lot for education. I want future generations to be ready, like me, to fight racists and xenophobia.”

“I always try to be professional and be a perfect citizen. But that doesn’t get ‘clicks’, it doesn’t go online, and it doesn’t motivate cowards to talk aggressively about people they don’t even know.”

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