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Real Madrid's social media post sparks tension with Vinícius Júnior ahead of Valencia clash

Posted : 15 March 2024

Real Madrid found themselves embroiled in controversy with star player Vinícius Júnior following a contentious social media post leading up to their clash against Valencia on March 2, according to sources. The post, shared on Instagram, depicted Vinícius kissing the club's badge, juxtaposed with a sticker featuring the logo of the Israeli DJ duo 'Vini Vici,' which displayed an image of human evolution from monkeys to DJs.


Although the post was swiftly removed after 30 minutes, Vinícius became aware of it and was reportedly incensed. Sources revealed that the Brazilian forward confronted club executives, seeking clarification and even threatening to boycott the Valencia match over the incident, highlighting his deep concern, particularly amidst his ongoing campaign against racism in football.


Real Madrid's CEO, José Ángel Sánchez, intervened to diffuse the tension, sources disclosed. He sought to assuage Vinícius' concerns and address the situation, especially given the player's advocacy against racial abuse. Following Sánchez's intervention, an agreement was reached to identify those accountable for the post and enhance the club's protocol for vetting social media content, signaling a proactive step towards preventing similar incidents in the future.


Despite the upheaval before kickoff, Vinícius took to the field against Valencia at the Mestalla and delivered a stellar performance, netting two goals that secured a vital 2-2 draw for Real Madrid. This resilient display on the pitch underscored Vinícius' professionalism and focus, despite the off-field distractions preceding the match.


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