Real Madrid boss Ancelotti angry over attacks on ‘victim’ Vinicius
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti criticised elements of the Spanish media on Friday for attacking Vinicius Junior even though he was the “victim of racial abuse”.
Valencia-based newspaper Super Deporte ran a front page on Friday labelling Vinicius “Pinochius” with an image of a long nose over the player’s face — a reference to fictional character Pinocchio, whose nose grows every time he tells a lie.
La Liga club Valencia said Thursday they “rejected” reports Vinicius told a Spanish court “all of the Mestalla stadium hurled racist insults” at him, with Super Deporte claiming Vinicius “lied to the judge”.
The Real Madrid forward was questioned Thursday on video-conference by a Spanish judge over racist abuse aimed at him during a La Liga match in May at Valencia’s Mestalla Stadium.
Public prosecutors and La Liga filed lawsuits after several people allegedly shouted “monkey” at the player and made other racist gestures d