Valencia’s penalty for racist abuse of Real Madrid striker Vinicius Jr. has been reduced on appeal.
The partial closure of La Liga club’s Mestalla stadium has been reduced from five games to three.
Their fine was reduced from 45,000 euros to 27,000 euros (£23,400) after the Spanish Football Federation’s appeals committee said it had decided to “partially uphold” Valencia’s appeal.
Vinicius, 22, from Brazil, was affected by racist chants from the crowd.
Spanish police detained three people relationship With abuse and Real Madrid, who say it constitutes a “hate crime”, have Report to the Spanish Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Valencia have 10 days to appeal against them Fines and some stadium closureswhich they believe is “disproportionate, unjust and unprecedented”.
“Valencia has cooperated from the first minute with the police and all relevant authorities to clarify what happened,” the club said in a statement after the initial penalty.
“Furthermore, we have imposed the maximum possible sanction on fans who the police have identified for racist behaviour, with lifetime bans from our stadiums.”
Speaking at a press conference, Valencia coach Ruben Baraja added: “I will not allow Valencia CF fans and Mestalla to be labeled as not representing us.”
Explaining the partial stadium closure, the Spanish Football Federation had said: “It is believed that Vinicius, as reflected by the referee in his minutes, was subjected to racist yelling, which altered the normal course of the match and considered the violation very serious”
The partial stadium closure will apply to the south stand of the Mestalla stadium, an area Vinicius pointed to in apparent anger and emotion during Sunday’s second half before reporting the problem to the referee.
He was sent off in the 97th minute of the 0-1 defeat, but the red card was subsequently overturned by the Spanish competition committee.
Vinicius Jr. responded angrily after the game, expressing on social media “La Liga is racist”to initiate a wider debate on the issue in the country.
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