Pep Guardiola says LaLiga should learn from Premier League after racist abuse aimed at Vinicius Jr
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes LaLiga should learn from the Premier League following racist abuse aimed at Vinicius Jr.
The Real Madrid star was unfortunately subjected to disgusting abuse from fans in the 1-0 defeat to Valencia on Sunday.
Vinicius was sent off following a scuffle with opposition players, although his red card was eventually rescinded.
The footballing world has since shown their support to the Brazil international, with other LaLiga sides holding anti-racism banners before games.
Amid the gestures, Guardiola believes the Spanish top flight can take lessons from the Premier League on how to fight such abuse.
Speaking on Friday, he said: “They should [LaLiga learn from the Premier League]. Here they are so strict [on fighting racism]. They know what they have to do. This is a problem everywhere.
“For all generations everywhere. Our ancestors come from migrants, wars and have to move on from countries. Build families there and come back to where you’re born.
“The problem is that there is racism everywhere. We all need to treat people as human beings but we are far away from that.
“Hopefully we can get better in Spain but I’m not optimistic.”
LaLiga president Javier Tebas was criticised for his response to Vinicius’ statement saying that ‘racism is normal’ in the league.
Tebas said: “We have tried to explain to you what LaLiga is and what it can do in cases of racism, but you have not shown up to either of the two agreed dates that you yourself requested.
“Before criticising and insulting LaLiga, you need to inform yourself properly Vinicius. Don’t let yourself be manipulated and make sure you understand the work we have been doing together.”
Tebas has since claimed that if LaLiga had the ‘necessary powers’ they could reduce the number of racist incidents within six or seven months.
“We want powers, we don’t want to hide on the issue of racist insults,” he said via the BBC.
“It’s not enough for us only to be able to file complaints, we want to be able to punish anyone who shouts racist insults. We will keep trying to make sure nobody in any stadium shouts racist insults. Eliminating this problem 100% will never be possible.
“The same way that totally eliminating robberies and other crimes is impossible but we would reduce it a great deal and, if we were given the necessary powers, in six or seven months we could say that we don’t have racism.”
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