La Liga president Javier Tebas apologized to Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior on Wednesday for his comments attempting to play down a racist row involving the Brazilian forward on the weekend. After that Tebas repeated in various interviews with Brazilian TV channels that he was sorry for his comments. He said his comments were “untimely” and he “misunderstood” the whole situation.
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At first, Tebas was critical of Vinicius Junior for attacking the Spanish league, and he claimed the Real Madrid star didn’t show up for talks on the subject of racism that he himself had requested. Now the Spanish league president is trying to take his words back.
Vinicius Junior faced racist taunts from fans at Valencia during Real Madrid’s 1-0 loss in the Spanish league on Sunday and has complained of similar abuse in the past.
Javier Tebas apologises to Vinicius
“I have to say I made a mistake,” Tebas told TV Globo. “I have to apologize and ask for forgiveness for that tweet. We love Vinicius and we have appealed to the courts, it has been a long while. We are onto this, we want to defend Vinicius and we will keep doing it.”
“If this tweet was misinterpreted, and it surely happened because a lot of people took it in a different way. I apologize and nothing else,” Tebas added.
After Tebas tweeted on Sunday, Vinicius replied, “Instead of criticizing racists, the league president shows up on social media to attack me.” I’m not your friend to talk about racism with you. I want actions and punishment.”