In response to a recent incident of racial abuse targeting Brazilian winger Vinicius Junior, the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil has passed a new law to address such cases and combat racism based on race and color.
The law has been named after the Real Madrid forward in reference to the abuse he endured during a La Liga match against Valencia. Throughout the game, Vinicius Jr was subjected to racial chants from the fans.
In the closing stages of the match, he reacted by lashing out at Valencia’s Hugo Duro, although it appeared that Vinicius Jr was placed in a headlock before the altercation. Despite this, he was the only player sent off by the referee, leaving him visibly upset as he left the field with tears streaming down his cheeks.
The incident sparked widespread solidarity with Vinicius Jr, with FIFA President Gianni Infantino condemning the act. It also prompted officials in Brazil to pass a law that mandates the immediate termination of any event that witnesses any form of racism.
Rio de Janeiro state representative Josemar stated that the objective of the law is to eradicate racism, which he described as a cancer, particularly in sports. The law not only aims to combat racism but also seeks to create a more egalitarian society. It includes provisions for reporting racism to the Public Prosecutor’s Office and directing victims to the Public Defender’s Office, among other relevant institutions.
By enacting this law, Rio de Janeiro is taking a stand against racism and demonstrating its commitment to promoting equality and eliminating racial discrimination in sports and society as a whole.