A few hours before appearing at the Metropolitan for the derby against Atletico de Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti tried to reduce the comments about the noise that surrounds Vinicius at the beginning of his press appearance in Valdebebas: “In Spain I do not see this form of racism . For other things, I keep the club’s statement and Vinicius’ statement.
On Friday afternoon, Real Madrid published a text of support for the footballer on its official website: “Real Madrid wants to show all its love and support for Vinicius Junior, a player who understands football as an attitude towards life from the start. joy, respect and sportsmanship”.
That aspect of the joy, the celebration and the dances of the Brazilian, in his dribbles and celebrations, had focused throughout Friday the messages of support from dozens of footballers, from Pele to Neymar Jr. Until at the end of the day Vinicius himself He published a video on his social networks in which he complained about a racist attack and what he believes has been the criminalization of his dances: “They say that happiness makes you uncomfortable. The happiness of a black Brazilian who succeeds in Europe bothers more”, he said. To conclude: “I will not stop dancing. Whether at the Sambadrome, at the Bernabeu or wherever”.
Despite the gigantic conversation generated around the footballer, in which Neymar and Pele participated, Ancelotti assured at the beginning of his speech that the Brazilian was not affected: “The player is fine, with the desire to play this game and help the team try to win the match”. A meeting in which Karim Benzema will definitely not be able to participate, as he is still working to recover from his right knee injury.
Ancelotti insisted on the limited incidence of the controversy: “I can assure you that it does not affect the locker room, and it does not affect Vinicius. It is an issue that does not affect the locker room. These are issues that are never discussed in the locker room. In the locker room they talk about football, ”he said. “One thing is racism, and another thing is what happens in the field. There is a lot of talk about provocations, and we don’t talk about that.”
Nor does he see it as particularly worrying that the match is played at the Metropolitano, after Atletico captain Koke said that it would be normal for there to be “mess” if Vinicius celebrated a goal by dancing. “I’m not worried, because we’re going to play a football match at a rival field, and it’s quite normal for the Atletico de Madrid fans, who I respect a lot, to support their team. And point. There is nothing to say. The concern we have is that we are going to play against a strong rival and we have to see how to play”.
Despite his attempts to settle the Vinicius issue, the questions kept coming, until Ancelotti tried the last solution: “I don’t know what is happening to Vinicius. Actually, I do not know. Nothing is happening to me. He is playing football with the quality that he has, the joy that he has, the happiness that he has. Nothing is happening to him”.
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