Newspapers are silent, but La Liga must act after night of shame in Madrid – 19/09/2022
No stripes. Whatever. Absolutely nothing. There will not be a single point out of the disgraceful Sunday at Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium on the entrance pages of the 5 major basic newspapers and 4 sports activities newspapers in Spain.
Yesterday Real Madrid beat Atlético de Madrid 2-1 to keep up their 100% win and remoted lead in the Spanish league. Rodrygo scored a aim and “danced”. But to show the week’s controversy, which culminated in what we noticed yesterday, right into a debate about find out how to rejoice targets could be to encourage an enormous sweep of Spanish society itself, which must get up extra strongly towards the current and dwelling racism.
I lived in Spain and I can converse with confidence. Here in Brazil, the character of racism is way worse, if you happen to can identify such a factor. Here we are experiencing structural racism rooted in society. Blacks have by no means obtained compensation for hundreds of years of slavery and are nonetheless paying the worth immediately. They have fewer choices and coexist with police and non-police violence, staying there simply to make issues simpler. In Spain it’s one other variety of racism combined with xenophobia. It is a distinct historic context and a distinct actuality immediately. In Spain, immigrants are more likely than native blacks in Brazil.
I solely say this in order that we do not fall into the “Spain is a racist nation” nonsense. Generalizations are horrible. Racism is there, even right here, it’s in many locations. And we must battle him with out half phrases or half perspective.
The debate about dancing aim celebrations will not be, in my opinion, pushed by racism and xenophobia – there was even a participant (or lively former participant, relying in your level of view) who spoke flippantly about it. This connotation could even be remoted. But mainly, it is one of these empty controversies that transfer soccer packages. We know very properly, as a result of this sort of debate has taken place a number of occasions in Brazil in the previous couple of many years.
But it took on a distinct connotation when, on a Spanish TV shitshow, a citizen referred to the dances as “monkeys” when speaking about Vinícius Jr. He apologized, perhaps he did not imply to. Not related. It is necessary that associations develop from there, from such occasions. Responding to what we noticed in the course of the week is key to creating a greater setting. What was seen was not precisely that, the response was there, but from the skin in.
Real Madrid have been sluggish to reply, as UOL correspondent Thiago Arantes confirmed. And there wasn’t a fantastic response in the media like there was right here in Brazil – we’re forward of Spain in exposing racists and the noise that comes when one thing like this occurs. Simeone and Atlético de Madrid have made no effort to point out help for Vinícius Jr., and there was no important response from La Liga and its companions. And the consequence of a lot passivity was what we noticed yesterday in the Metropolitan.
Shouts of “monkey” to Vinícius Jr. in and out of the stadium, with a stuffed monkey sporting a Real Madrid shirt proudly displayed by the jerk. Unlike different incidents of racism in a soccer stadium that we have seen extra of in the previous few years, it wasn’t about two or three issues. It was a generalized, grotesque demonstration that makes us discuss “Atletico Madrid followers” once we speak concerning the case.
The reply on the pitch was supplied by Rodrygo, who scored and danced completely. And Vinicius, who performed loads. But the reply on the bottom is irrelevant, it has to return from outdoors. We already know that the media is essential in creating noise and discussions amongst individuals. And it is rather disappointing, very disappointing to seek out that the entrance pages of the Spanish newspapers merely ignore what occurred yesterday.
However, it will likely be tough to brush the dust underneath the carpet. Spain’s most necessary worldwide correspondent, England’s Sid Lowe, begins his story on the match in “The Guardian” by saying that “racist chants directed at Vinícius Jr overshadowed Real Madrid’s victory”. It’s a subject in Brazil, it is a matter in England, it is a matter in France, the place “L’Equipe” highlights racist chants in its on-line model. Images flow into all over the world and La Liga can’t afford to market the picture of an establishment that performs a task in racism.
We will see what the following steps will probably be and what the punishment will probably be for Atletico – if any. La Liga and Spanish civil society can’t stay silent, because the state-run newspapers have sadly carried out.