The Attorney General of the Republic, Augusto Aras, asked the Federal Supreme Court (STF) to open an inquiry into the alleged offenses by Senator Magno Malta (PL-ES) to soccer player Vinícius Jr., from Real Madrid, who was victim of racism in Spain last Sunday (21). On Tuesday (23), the parliamentarian attacked communication vehicles that reflected the case of racism against the player. “Where are the defenders of the animal cause, who do not defend the monkey? The monkey is exposed. See how much hypocrisy. And the monkey is intelligent, it is very close to the man, the only difference is the tail”, said the parliamentarian.
The senator made the speech at a meeting of the Committee on Economic Affairs. “If it was a black player, I would enter the field with a white piglet in my arms. He would say: ‘Look how I have nothing against whites. I still eat if I have'”, he said.
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Earlier, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) again repudiated cases of racism against the athlete and stated that his government will adopt policies to encourage the promotion of racial equality.
“We will not tolerate racism either against Brazilians or against Africans in Brazil. Therefore, we vehemently repudiate the racist attacks that the player Vinícius Jr. and so many other athletes have suffered repeatedly. We can honor our African heritage by making the promotion of racial equality a continuous axis, linking national policies to the country’s international activities”, said the president.
On Sunday, the player spoke for the first time about the racist attacks he has suffered. In a post on social media, he spoke out against LaLiga, the governing federation for Spanish football.
“It wasn’t the first time, nor the second nor the third. Racism is normal in LaLiga. The competition thinks it’s normal, the Federation does too and the opponents encourage it. I’m very sorry. The championship that once belonged to Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano and Messi today belongs to the racists. A beautiful nation, which welcomed me and which I love, but which agreed to export the image of a racist country to the world. I am sorry for the Spaniards who do not agree, but today, in Brazil, Spain is known as a country of racists. And, unfortunately, for everything that happens every week, I have no way to defend. I agree. But I am strong and I will go to the end against racists. Even if far from here, “he wrote.
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