Thursday, May 25, 2023

Arrests made over Real Madrid star effigy incident


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The move came days after Vinicius Junior was targeted with racist abuse during a Spanish league match

Police in Spain have arrested four men in connection with an incident in January in which an effigy of Real Madrid footballer Vinicius Junior was hung from a bridge in Madrid. The arrests come just days after the Brazilian was repeatedly targeted with racial abuse during a Spanish league game on Sunday.

The four men, aged between 19 and 24, were arrested in Madrid on Tuesday and are “suspected of a hate crime for hanging from a bridge a mannequin with Vinicius’ shirt,” police said in a statement. Three of the men are suspected of being members of an ultra group supporting Real's city rivals, Atletico Madrid, who had previously been identified as posing a high risk of violence, police said.

“The investigation carried out by police through evidence gathered, witnesses and open-source digital research, among other things, led to the identification of the four men suspected of the crime,” authorities in the Spanish capital said on Tuesday.

The arrests stem from a January 26 incident in which a crude effigy bearing Vinicius’s likeness and bearing the message “Madrid hates Real” was suspended from a bridge close to Real Madrid’s training center in advance of a Copa del Rey fixture against city rivals Atletico Madrid.

Vinicius, who is black, has been repeatedly targeted for racist abuse throughout the past two seasons in Spain’s La Liga, although most cases have been dropped by prosecutors after official complaints were made to authorities.  (more...)

Arrests made over Real Madrid star effigy incident

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