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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez meets with Vinicius Jr to show support after abuse from Valencia racists

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has met with attacker Vinicius Jr to show his support after Valencia fans racially abused him.

The Brazilian international was the subject of heinous insults from around the Mestalla Stadium yesterday.

Valencia fans shouted ‘Mono’ (monkey) at the left winger. The game had to stop momentarily.

Vinicius was sent off after slapping Hugo Duro, who had him in a headlock. Duro somehow stayed on the pitch. It led to a melee towards the end of the 1-0 defeat.

Madrid have already undertaken legal action and are seeking punishments against Valencia.

Perez met with Vinicius to show his support after the incident. The 76-year-old spoke to the Brazilian to assure him they were behind him and the situation.

A statement on Real Madrid’s official website said: “The Real Madrid president had a meeting with Vinícius Junior expressing his support and affection, informing him of all the steps that are being taken in his defence and confirming that the club will go to any length in the face of such a disgusting, hateful incident.

After the game, Vinicius took to social media to voice his displeasure. He attacked La Liga and said racists had taken over the league.

However, La Liga president Javier Tebas replied, claiming the 22-year-old had not come for meetings to discuss what to do about the situation.

Vinicius replied that he did not want to engage in any meetings and told them to do more than post meaningless hashtags.

Several football stars and clubs have come out in defence of Vinicius since the incident. Rio Ferdinand and Kylian Mbappe have shown support to him via social media.

His former club Flamengo tweeted their support as did the Brazilian football federation (CBF). Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez condemned the racism.

Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti addressed the issue at length in his post-match press conference.

The president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, criticised the league and urged them to do something to curb racists.

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