Vinicius Junior’s infamous red card has been overturned by the Competition Committee. The 22-year-old Brazilian will now resume in the next Real Madrid fixtures.
Vinicius Junior faced one of the worst crowds in Spanish football. The Valencia crowd consistently abused Madrid’s young prodigy due to the color of his skin. He was shown a red card by the match referee after slapping Valencia player who held him by the neck.
Now, the RFEF has overturned the red card and Vinicius Junior is free from all bans. The statement from the organization said,
“This Committee considers it proven that the referee’s assessment was determined by the omission of the entire incident, which fundamentally tainted the arbitral decision. Indeed, the fact that a crucial part of the events was withheld led to an arbitrary decision. This is because it was impossible to adequately assess what happened since a necessary procedure for making a legitimate and legally adopted decision was omitted.”
Another interesting development from the incident sees Spanish club Valencia handed a hefty fine of £40,000.
The report states that Valencia would also have to close their Mario Kempes stand for their next 5 games. Mario Kempes stand was where Vinicius was subjected to racial abuse from the fans.
The stadium ban will carry out in Valencia’s final Laliga fixture this season and then continue for 4 games in the next season.
Remember, the club has the chance to appeal but it is very unlikely that the decision will reverse.
Since the incident, Vinicius has garnered support from Europe’s top leagues, players, and clubs.
There is no news on whether Vinicius Junior will be available for Real Madrid when they play Rayo Vallecano over the weekend. The Brazilian was absent from Real Madrid’s recent training session.