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Vinicius Junior: Real Madrid star praises Sevilla after ejecting fan for racism



Real Madrid footballer Vinicius Jr has praised Sevilla for acting swiftly to eject and report a fan to authorities for allegedly racially abusing him.


An image posted by Vinicius on social media appeared to show a man making a racist gesture towards him.


Vinicius said a second clip sent to him showed another young fan being abusive.


After the La Liga match, Sevilla said “a member of the public was identified, ejected from the stadium and handed over to legal authorities”.


“Furthermore, the internal disciplinary regulations will be strictly applied to him and he will be expelled as a member imminently,” the club said


In a statement, the football club continued that it “condemns any racist and xenophobic behaviour, even if it is in isolation, as is the case, and shows its willingness and collaboration with the authorities to eradicate these attitudes, which do not represent a fan like that of Sevilla”.


Real Madrid, who currently top Spain’s La Liga, were held to a 1-1 draw away to Seville at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium on Saturday evening.


Posting on X, formerly known as Twitter, after the match, Vinicius said the latest incident was “number 19 and counting”.


“Congratulations to Sevilla for their quick positioning and punishment in yet another sad episode for Spanish football,” he wrote.


“Unfortunately, I had access to a video of another racist act in this Saturday’s match, this time carried out by a child.


“I am very sorry that there is no one to educate you. I invest, and I invest a lot, in education in Brazil to form citizens with attitudes different from these.


“The face of today’s racist is plastered on websites as on many other occasions. I hope the Spanish authorities do their part and change the legislation once and for all.”


He also called for people caught to be “criminally punished” too.


Vinicius has been repeatedly targeted with racist insults from opposition supporters.


Earlier this month the 23-year-old gave evidence in the trial of three Valencia fans accused of racially abusing him during a game in May at the Estadio Mestalla.


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The racist abuse that Vinicius has had to deal with in the last 12 months


September 2022 – Some Atletico Madrid fans sang racist songs toward Vinicius outside their Wanda Metropolitano stadium before Real Madrid played them. Atletico Madrid later condemned the “unacceptable” chants by a “minority” of fans.

September 2022 – some pundits in Spain criticised Vinicius’ goal celebration, in which he danced by the corner flag. He responded by saying “the happiness of a black Brazilian in Europe” is behind the criticism.

December 2022 – Vinicius appeared to be subjected to racist abuse at Valladolid while he walked past fans after being substituted. La Liga said it has filed charges relating to the racist abuse of Vinicius to the “relevant judicial, administrative and sporting bodies”.

January 2023 – An effigy of the Real Madrid winger was hung from a bridge near the club’s training ground before a game against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey. Atletico said the incident was “repugnant”.

February 2023 – Mallorca fans were filmed allegedly racially abusing the Brazilian during a game against Real.

March 2023 – La Liga said “intolerable racist behaviour was once again observed against Vinicius” in a game against Barcelona and it had reported the racist insults to the Barcelona Court of Instruction.

May 2023 – Vinicius suffers racist abuse against Valencia.

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De Bruyne included in Man City’s Club World Cup squad



Manchester City have included Kevin De Bruyne in their squad for the FIFA Club World Cup, with the Belgian midfielder having not featured since August due to a hamstring injury which required surgery.


De Bruyne limped off during his side’s Premier League opener away to Burnley on Aug. 11, in what was a reoccurrence of the same injury he had sustained in the Champions League final against Inter Milan two months prior.


City will face either Club Leon of Mexico or Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds in the semi-finals on Dec. 19.


The Club World Cup will be played from Dec. 12-22 and held in Saudi Arabia for the first time with Jeddah hosting the competition in two venues.

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Gunmen on Thursday attacked Sunshine Stars football club of Akure team bus along Ore-Benin Expressway.


According to unconfirmed report,One of them was shot, while the team Manager, Seun Betiku and others sustained varying degrees of injury.


The team were on their way to Benin city,Edo state to honour this Weekend’s Nigeria premier football League match against Insurance of Benin.

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Just in: Former England Manager Terry Venables passes on



Former England Manager Terry Venables passes on

Terry Venables, a former England manager has died at the age of 80.

Venables died of a long illness.

Tributes have started pouring in for the former player and manager who negative his playing career in the 1960s.

The Premier League in an article announcing his death described Venables as leading a team that helped revive the popularity of football in England.

The article read in part: “After a playing career in the 1960s and 1970s at Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace, Venables was most famous as a manager.

“He took a young Palace team into the First Division in 1979 and then also achieved promotion to the top flight with QPR four years later. He also steered the Rs to the 1982 FA Cup final and to UEFA Cup qualification.

“In 1984, he left to take over at Barcelona, where he earned the nickname “El Tel”. After winning the 1985 LaLiga title, Venables led Barcelona to their first European Cup final in 25 years, but they lost to Steaua Bucharest on penalties.

“He returned to Spurs in 1987, helping them claim the 1991 FA Cup and brought Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne to the club before becoming chief executive.

“Taking charge of England in 1994, Venables inspired a team who had failed to qualify for the 1994 FIFA World Cup to the semi-finals of EURO ’96, where they lost agonisingly on penalties to eventual winners Germany.

“In so doing so, his team helped to revive the popularity of the game in England at a time when the Premier League was still in its early years.

“After spells in charge of Australia and then Palace once more, Venables managed in the Premier League for the first time when Middlesbrough hired him in December 2000 to work alongside Bryan Robson to keep the team up, which they managed to do.

“In July 2002, Leeds appointed Venables, but the club were on a decline that the veteran manager was unable to stop and he left in March 2003.

“Ahead of their home match today with Aston Villa, Spurs will hold a minute’s applause, while players will wear black armbands.

“The Premier League offers our sincere condolences to Terry’s family and friends at this sad time.”

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