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Three Jailed In Spain For Vinicius Jr Abuse

Three Valencia fans have been sentenced to eight months in prison, the first conviction for racism at a football match in Spain as a direct result of a complaint filed by La Liga. The racist chants were aimed at Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr during a La Liga game at Valencia’s Mestalla Stadium on May 21, 2023. The fans were found guilty of a “crime against moral integrity” with “aggravating circumstance of discrimination based on racist motives”.

An initial 12-month sentence was reduced by a third following an agreement reached at the preliminary investigation stage. The fans were also banned from entering any football stadium in which La Liga and/or Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) matches are played for a period of three years, later reduced to two.

Brazil international Vinicius joined La Liga, Real Madrid and RFEF in bringing the case to court. The defendants read a letter of apology during the hearing.

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