Valencia~, has stated that it would file an appeal against the decision to partially close its stadium as a result of the racial insults given towards Real Madrid forward Vincius Jnior during a match in the Spanish league. Valencia claims that the punishment is “unfair and disproportionate.”
The competition committee of Spanish soccer handed down the harshest punishment ever given to a club in Spain for a racist incident on Tuesday night. In addition to imposing a fine of 45,000 euros ($48,500), the committee also ordered one part of Mestalla Stadium to be closed for a total of five games.
The sanction was part of a robust response by soccer officials and Spanish authorities following an outpouring of support for Vincius after he was targeted by Valencia fans on Sunday. The outpouring of support came after Vincius was assaulted by Valencia fans. Since he first arrived in Spain to compete five years ago, Vincius, who is black, has been the target of numerous instances of racial slurs and insults. After the most recent incident involving him, the Brazilian forward, who is 22 years old, voiced harsh criticism directed at Spain and its failure to take action against racism.
Valencia wants to make it clear to the public that it disagrees with what the police and La Liga have to say about the evidence that was presented by the committee. This punishment is based on evidence that has not been made available to the club at this time. “Valencia wants to express its complete disagreement and indignation over the unfair and disproportionate penalty imposed by the competition committee,” the club said in a statement released early on Wednesday morning. “Valencia wants to express its complete disagreement and indignation over the unfair and disproportionate penalty.”
In addition, Valencia argued that it was not provided the opportunity to present its case prior to the decision being taken. The club has stated that it has been working closely with law enforcement from the very beginning and has taken significant action to denounce the events that took place at its stadium. A short time after the match, Valencia announced that it would collaborate with law enforcement to determine who was responsible for the abuse, and a day later, the club issued a life ban to one individual for their involvement in the incident that occurred against Vincius.
Valencia, which is currently engaged in a battle to avoid being demoted to the second level, has just one more home game in the league this season, which will take place on Sunday against Espanyol. Espanyol is likewise fighting to keep themselves from being demoted. Valencia is currently in 13th place, five points above the zone that denotes teams that will be relegated.
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