Brazilian Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr has issued a response after being dealt a racial slur from Pedro Bravo, the president of Spanish football agents.
Vinicius Jr responded on Twitter with a powerful statement which he himself has tattooed on his body: “As long as the colour of the skin is more important than the brightness of the eyes, there will be war”, going on to say that while ‘happiness bothers’, the happiness of a black Brazilian being successful in Europe bothers much more.
— Vini Jr. (@vinijr) September 16, 2022
The Real Madrid star said that he will not stop dancing, receiving widespread support from the football community and beyond, with many of Vini Jr’s team-mates, PSG’s Neymar and even Brazilian legend Pelé coming to his defence.
During a live broadcast, Bravo had stated “You have to respect your opponents. When you score a goal, if you want to dance Samba, you should go to sambodromo in Brazil. You have to respect your mates and stop playing the monkey.”
“They are dances to celebrate the cultural diversity of the world. Accept it! Respect it! Or freak out… In any case, I will not stop!” The player stated.
Dance on Vini.