LaLiga reduce Valencia racism fine and stadium closure

NewsLaLiga reduce Valencia racism fine and stadium closure

Valencia’s punishment following the racist abuse of Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior has been reduced on appeal.

  • Spanish FA reduce Valencia punishment
  • Club makes successful appeal
  • South stand at Mestalla will be closed

What is the news?

The organisation of LaLiga has decided to lower the punishment of Valencia following the racial abuse of fans against Vinicius Junior last week.  The partial closure of their stadium has been reduced from five to three matches and their fine has been cut from 45.000 euros to 27.000 euros. The Spanish Football Federation decided to agree with the appeal made by Valencia, but that it has decided to ‘partially uphold’ the punishment.

The backstory

Vinicius was subjected to racial abuse from the crowd during Madrid’s 1-0 loss at Valencia last week. The Brazilian tried to confront one of the supporters but was held back by his teammates. The referee then decided to continue the match, despite protocols from the FIFA state that a match may be suspended. Later on in the game Vinicius was shown a direct red card for his actions during a bust-up. This red card was later on terminated by the disciplinary committee.

What will happen now?

The partial closure of the Mestalla stadium will apply to the south stand. This is the area where the racial chants came from and this is the area where Vinicius reacted angrily and pointed his finger towards the stands following the chants.


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