Barcelona forward Raphinha took off his jersey and revealed his message of support for fellow Brazilian Vinicius Junior. The message, which included anti-racism words in Portuguese and the phrase “we are together, Vini,” was on his undershirt and visible when Raphinha was substituted in the second half of Barcelona’s 3-1 loss to Valladolid on Tuesday. He raised his right fist while leaving the field.
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Raphinha’s message for Vinicius Junior
Vinicius was been subjected to repeated racist taunts since he arrived in Spain five years ago. Since the Spanish league season began in September, he has experienced racist abuse by fans of at least five rival teams, including Valencia on Sunday.
Barcelona faced their second consecutive defeat since clinching the title. Players from Barcelona and Valladolid held a banner before the match with the words “racists out of football,” which is one of the slogans of a campaign against racism launched jointly by the Spanish league, Spanish federation, and the government’s top sports authority.
Anti-racism slogans were also shown during the national and international broadcasts of the game. The win moved Valladolid three points clear of the relegation zone. Barca was coming off a 2-1 loss to Sociedad at home after securing the first La Liga title since 2019.