Vinicius Jr. received support from Real Madrid players and supporters as they defeated Rayo Vallecano 2-1 at the Bernabeu.
The victory was the team’s first game since Sunday’s racial taunts directed at their Brazilian forward at Valencia.\
Due to an injury, Vinicius was unable to play. Real’s players donned his number 20 while on the field, while the captains of both teams wore armbands with anti-racism inscriptions.
In solidarity, fans began chanting the 22-year-old’s name in the 20th minute.
Before the La Liga match began, players from both clubs came together to raise a sign that read, “Racists [get] out of football.”
We are all Vinicius, read another placard in the stands. There has been enough.
Vinicius was greeted with cheers as he entered the field before to the game after his red card against Valencia was overturned.
He sat next to Real president Florentino Perez in the stands, where he observed.
Vinicius stood up to thank the crowd for their support and afterwards shared a photo of himself on Instagram waving to his followers with the caption, “I adore them! Thank you once again and again.
For third-placed Real, fellow Brazilian Rodrygo scored the winning goal in the 89th minute.
Raul de Tomas had just seen Karim Benzema’s first goal wiped out, and Rodrygo had just scored with a black power salute.
Vinicius received an apology from La Liga President Javier Tebas on Wednesday, stating that he did not mean to “attack” the player in a social media debate following the events of Sunday.
Vinicius declared the Spanish league “belongs to racists” after being dismissed for violent behavior late in the game at Valencia.
The president’s remark to Vinicius that “you need to inform yourself properly” prompted widespread criticism of Tebas and La Liga’s handling of the matter.
La Liga has stated that it will look for “more sanctioning powers” to make sure it can deal with racial occurrences.
Valencia was fined 45,000 euros (£39,000) and subjected to a partial stadium shutdown for five matches, the Spanish Football Federation stated on Tuesday.
Carlo Ancelotti, manager of Real, commented on the penalty, saying, “I was astonished by the competition committee’s judgment. It seems like the appropriate choice to me.
Players and match officials posed in front of banners that said “Racism, out of football” before Tuesday night’s matches between Real Valladolid and Barcelona and Celta Vigo and Girona.
When Raphinha was replaced in the second half, the Barcelona winger also expressed his support for his Brazilian teammate.