Saturday’s El Clasico was overshadowed by racist abuse aimed at Vinicius Jr (Picture: Getty)
Vinicius Jr was reportedly racially abused and had a banana thrown at him during Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Barcelona in Saturday’s El Clasico.
But the match was largely overshadowed by racist abuse aimed at Vinicius Jr with some Barcelona fans heard shouting ‘monkey’ as an object, which appeared to be a banana, was thrown at him from the stands, according to Spanish outlet Marca.
The incident occurred when Brazil international Vinicius Jr, 23, was substituted in the 96th minute as he faced the stands.
It is the second La Liga game in a row Vinicius Jr has been targeted by racists after he was the subject of vile abuse from Sevilla fans during Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw there last weekend.
In May, Vinicius Jr said that Spain ‘belongs to racists’ after he was abused during a match against Valencia at the Mestalla.
Meanwhile, Barcelona apologised to Vinicius Jr in the build-up to this weekend’s El Clasico after one of their club directors dismissed the racial abuse the Real Madrid star has received and said he ‘deserves a slap’.
‘It’s not racism, he deserves a slap for being a clown and a joker, what do those unnecessary and pointless stepovers in the middle of the pitch mean?’ Barcelona board member Miquel Camps posted on Twitter on Tuesday night before it was quickly deleted.
Barcelona boss Xavi attempted to cool tensions ahead of El Clasico, saying: ‘If he [Camps] deleted it, there is no need for me to say anything.
‘I don’t like anything that generates tension, whether it’s trying to condition referees or this tweet. We need a Clasico with fair play and with mutual admiration.’
It occurred in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Barcelona.