Spanish politicians say racist chants in stadiums do not represent the country

The second vice president of the Government, Yolanda Díaz, and the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, among other political leaders of different sign, have agreed this Monday to emphasize that racist chants in soccer stadiums do not represent the country.

After the racist insults at the Valencian Mestalla stadium to the Brazilian Real Madrid player Vinícius Júnior, for which his club has filed a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office for hate crimes, The vice president, Minister of Labor and leader of Sumar has pointed out in a tweet: “Racist chants in soccer stadiums do not represent our country, nor any soccer fan.”

The Madrid president and electoral candidate of the PP, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has reacted in a similar way, who has maintained that Spain “It is not a racist country” during a public intervention at the ABC Forum.

“The image that is transferred is really harmful and, on top of that, it is a lie,” added Ayuso, who has equated these racist insults with “offenses against the king.”


The Minister of Equality and Secretary of Government Action of Podemos, Irene Montero, has condemned “absolutely the racist attacks and aggressions” suffered by Vinícius, which, in his opinion, are a consequence of the “normalization of hate speech” against which “a great social cordon” must be raised.

Montero said this at an electoral act for Elkarrekin Podemos-IU in Errenteria (Gipuzkoa), where he denounced that “trivializing racist and xenophobic speeches” as, in his opinion, a “prime time” presenter such as Ana Rosa Quintana” has “consequences” and they are “intolerable”.

We have to be able to have a great social cordon against racism and xenophobiathat protects the society that we are, a diverse society that respects everyone regardless of the color of their skin”, stressed the minister, and recalled that in this legislature the 021 telephone number has been launched, which offers advice to all people who suffer racist discrimination.


The Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, has demanded from La Liga a “forceful response” and “sanctions and new designs so that it does not happen again” and has assured that “racism is very inoculated in specific parts of the hobbies”, especially in those “that are more ultra, with a very defined ideological perimeter of the radical right”.

First in an interview on’s La Cafetera program and then in statements to journalists after presenting a guide from the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (ASEAN), Garzón has insisted that the institutions must ensure the proper functioning football and sports.

Since the president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva, from the G7 summit in Hiroshima (Japan) has also called for “serious measures” For these racist chants against the Brazilian player, Garzón has indicated that he is “totally in agreement” with Lula and that La Liga has “an enormous challenge” ahead of it.

Garzón does not believe that the president of La Liga, Javier Tebas, “is for the job”, and also warns that this case is “the tip of the iceberg”.


The leader of Más País, Íñigo Errejón, coincided with Garzón, since in a tweet he asked himself when “a party is going to stop to confront racism”, as a way of demanding more forceful measures from La Liga.

“Or do they only stop when you call a Nazi a Nazi?”added Errejón, to recall the case of the Ukrainian player Roman Zozulia in a Rayo Vallecano-Albacete match in 2019.

The general coordinator of the PP, Elías Bendodo, has told the press in Carballo (A Coruña) that “racism and sport are incompatible” and has added that “in any case it is a matter that is the responsibility of La Liga and those responsible for the Federation “, who are” those who have to give the statements.

The deputy mayor of Madrid and Ciudadanos candidate, Begoña Villacís, said in an interview in La Sexta that Those who insulted Vinícius were not a few, “but many” Valencia spectators.

“I think that Spain is not a racist country, it is not representative of Spanish society, but you cannot look the other way when we are witnessing something like this, which has a lot to do with racism but also a lot to do with anti-Madridism,” he said, adding that “racists are really finding perfect accomplices in those who are not acting with the forcefulness they should”.


The president of the Valencian Generalitat and candidate of the PSPV-PSOE, Ximo Puig, has opined in statements to the press at the party headquarters that what he experienced in Mestalla is a consequence of the “breeding medium generated by the extreme right”, which “is there unfortunately.”

“I don’t think the public at Mestalla is racist at all,” added Puig, who does consider that these chants are “outrageous.”

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