Arsenal News: In response to the racial taunts directed at Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior, Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus dedicated his goal celebration during the match against Brentford to his Brazilian international teammate.
Vinicius, 22, has pledged to continue his goal dancing celebrations because they represent “the delight of a black Brazilian in Europe.” His celebrations are comparable to those of other Brazilian players over the years, such as Neymar, his international teammate.
When discussing the Brazil international on El Chiringuito, agent Pedro Bravo used a racial slur on Real Madrid’s forward, saying that “in Spain, you have to respect rivals and stop playing the monkey.”
Bravo has already apologised on social media, saying that he used a metaphor incorrectly, following criticism that this was a racial stereotype.
Arsenal News: What did Jesus say?
It has sparked a debate over the use of language and behaviour toward football players that has racial overtones throughout Spain and beyond. According to Dani Alves, racial stereotypes are prevalent in European football.
Jesus of Arsenal, who was left off of the most recent Brazil international team but is set to be picked up for their World Cup call-ups, paid tribute to his international teammate with a headed goal against the Bees on Sunday.
The striker scored his team’s second goal against Brentford on a header on Sunday, and he celebrated by dancing in honour of Vinicius and the hatred he endured for doing so for Los Blancos.
Jesus said following the match: “We made it clear right away that we intended to create opportunities and score goals. I think that’s what we did.
“He found me for the goal, and I’m very glad to play with him because he’s a smart, talented player. It needs to stop, and the celebration was for my friend Vinicius Jr.”
What did Real Madrid say?
Real Madrid said in a statement that they would sue anyone who made racist remarks about a member of their team and that they decried the “regrettable and sad insults made against our athlete.”
In a declaration of support, the Brazilian Football Federation encouraged “dancing, dribbling, and above all respect.”
Former Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, a legend in Brazil, joined the chorus of players denouncing Vinicius’s treatment, saying, “Your dances do not offend anyone; racism does: it disrespects, excludes, hurts, and kills.”