Casemiro, who previously played alongside Vinicius Jr at Real Madrid and is currently a midfielder at Manchester United, has delivered a compelling message of solidarity and motivation in response to the racist abuse suffered by the Brazilian winger.
During Real Madrid’s match against Valencia at Mestalla, Vinicius Jr was subjected to despicable racist chants from the opposing fans.
Despite his attempts to alert the referee to the situation and identify the Valencia supporters responsible, his pleas went unanswered.
As the game progressed, Vinicius found himself embroiled in a confrontation with Valencia players, which ultimately led to his unjust dismissal.
It was a grueling and emotionally taxing experience for the 22-year-old player.
Since the incident, the football community has rallied around Vinicius, expressing their unwavering solidarity and support for him.
Numerous prominent footballers and icons of the sport have publicly denounced the incident and called for decisive measures to be taken against racism in football.
Vinicius Jr. has been subjected to racist abuse multiple times during away La Liga games this season, making it a recurring problem.
Casemiro, who shared the pitch with Vinicius 116 times at Santiago Bernabeu, took to social media to defend his former teammate.
In his message, Casemiro expressed disappointment and sadness at the repeated episodes of racism directed towards Vinicius Jr.
He also voiced his disapproval of the fact that such incidents are tolerated and left unpunished, emphasizing that public condemnation alone is insufficient and that strict measures must be taken by La Liga.
Casemiro called for exemplary punishment to be implemented urgently, asserting that the repeated cases of racism not only tarnish the image of Spanish football but also the reputation of world football.
Finally, he emphasized the importance of zero tolerance towards racism, with everyone standing in unison to combat this issue.
Similar to Casemiro, Raphael Varane, a former player of Real Madrid, didn’t hold back in his appeal for strict penalties to be imposed on those accountable for the repulsive incident that took place at the Mestalla.
We must do more to protect our players, and to protect our game @fifacom @laliga @uefa @bundesliga_de @serieA @fifpro @premierleague @ligue1ubereats@vinijr – we all stand with you.
— Raphaël Varane (@raphaelvarane) May 22, 2023
Jadon Sancho also showed his support for Vinicius Jr. by sending a message of solidarity, stating, “Brother, we’re all standing by you!”