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“I won’t stop dancing”; Vinicius Jr’s head held high in response to racist ‘monkey’ slur

 - Sports - Sep 18 SHARE ON:

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.

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.

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Volunteers collect 1,359.4kg of trash from Għajn Tuffieħa on World Cleanup Day

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Volunteers collect 1,359.4kg of trash from Għajn Tuffieħa on World Cleanup Day

In celebration of World Cleanup Day, a number of volunteers came together at Għajn Tuffieħa for a cleanup event which saw 1,359.4 kilograms of waste collected from the surrounding roads and green spaces.

Popular amongst tourists and locals alike for its incredible beauty and clear blue waters, Għajn Tuffieħa is no stranger to trash dumping, which is why such an initiative from volunteers is not only welcomed but encouraged.

Organised by Glen Smith at igenorg.eu, around 85 volunteers, including EFRU and Ambjent Malta rangers patrolled the beach area, together with many iGEN, KPMGand Everymatrix volunteers with Economy Minister Silvio Schembri also present and participatory.

The Minister posted a few photos of himself, together with volunteers, picking up trash in the area, highlighting how such events help to raise awareness on the weight of the global waste crisis on the environment.

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“Insellimlek Pa”; Bernard Grech posts emotional tribute to his father after he passed away

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"Insellimlek Pa"; Bernard Grech posts emotional tribute to his father after he passed away

Earlier today, Nationalist Party leader Bernard Grech took to Facebook to post an emotional tribute to his Father, who has just passed away.

The PN leader wrote that he would ask his father how he was and he would always reply positively and never complain or say he was ‘bad’.

“Last week, when he was already feeling that he felt that his life had reached its end, I asked him “how are you feeling Dad”, and he, barely having the strength to speak, said ‘better’.

Grech bid farewell to his father, saying that now he definitely feels better because he is at rest. “Now you can enjoy an eternity of love… Goodbye Dad and thank you.”

RIP.

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Refurbished 50c public toilet in Gżira suffers act of vandalism only a few days after opening

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Refurbished 50c public toilet in Gżira suffers act of vandalism only a few days after opening

The newly-refurbished public toilets in Gżira, which charge users 50c for entry, have already suffered an act of vandalism just a few days after opening.

A photo sent to Malta Daily shows one of the toilets seats scattered across the cubicle, with the toilet paper holder’s protective casing removed and some trash laying around.

Following its opening, Gżira mayor Conrad Borg Manché stated how the council could not afford to have the toilets vandalised like the previous ones, which triggered the requirement for an attendant at all times. The toilets reportedly cost around €40,000 from council budget and regional funds, with the 50c-per-entry payment going towards making sure the toilets’ standard of quality is held.

Many took to Facebook to express their concern, with some stating that everything is always taken for granted because taxes are paid whilst others highlighted how most local public toilets are kept in a disgraceful state.

What do you make of this situation?

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