Only 48 hours later, a record time, of the match between Valencia and Real Madrid, the Competition Committee decided yesterday, after 11 p.m., to annul the red card that the Brazilian Vinícius saw for attacking a rival in Mestalla. In an unprecedented decision, Competition argues that the referee did not have a global view of what happened on the pitch, but only a part to make that decision. In addition, the body "considers it proven that there were racist shouts at Vinícius" for which "it imposes a financial penalty of 45,000 euros on Valencia" and "the closure of the so-called Grada Kempes for a period of five games."
The body that belongs to the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) accepts for this resolution the arguments of Real Madrid, which in its writing argues that Vinicíus, "in a desperate attempt to get the rival player's arm off his neck, before the imminent risk of suffocation, he instinctively gets rid of the rival player”. Competition bases its decision by considering “proven that the referee's assessment was determined by the omission of the entire set that occurred, which vitiated the arbitration decision. Indeed, the fact that a determining part of the facts was stolen from him led him to adopt an arbitrary decision ”, he assures. And he goes on to explain that the collegiate "was unable to adequately assess what happened, because in the procedure for the adoption of such a decision there was an omission of an essential step so that the decision could be legitimately and legally adopted," he points out. he.
According to what the referee De Burgos Bengoetxea collected in the minutes of the match last Sunday, Vinícius was sent off for "hitting an opponent in the face with his arm when the ball was not in play, in a massive confrontation of players from both teams. The opposing player did not have to be treated. On the other hand, the committee does not assess whether the Brazilian player exercised some type of violence both towards rivals or with contempt for the stands and explains that "it limits itself to reviewing in this resolution the specific sanction imposed by the referee reflected in the minutes , not being responsible for assessing or sanctioning the actions produced, neither by the aforementioned player nor by the other parties involved in the incident", because in his opinion "he understands that he cannot proceed ex officio to re-arbitrate and adopt the sanctions that should, if applicable, have been imposed”.
Competition thus reprimands the performance of the referee in charge of the VAR in the controversial Mestalla meeting, the Galician Iglesias Villanueva, who yesterday, in another unprecedented event, was dismissed by the Federation with the agreement of the Technical Committee of Referees.
Regarding the racist insults that Vinícius received before and during the match, the Competition, made up of three judges, one appointed by La Liga, another by the RFEF and another by the Higher Sports Council, considers it "proven that, as reflected the referee in his report, there were racist shouts at Vinícius, a Real Madrid player, during the aforementioned match, altering the normal development of it and considering the infractions very serious. In the resolution they consider these insults of "exceptional gravity", further aggravated by "the number of chants uttered and their openly racist nature". Therefore, "it considers appropriate and proportionate the imposition of a sanction of partial closure of the sports venue for a period of five games and a pecuniary sanction for an amount of 45,000 euros. The partial closure will affect the so-called Grada Kempes, located at the southern end of the field. Valencia, dissatisfied with the decision, will resort to Appeal considering it excessive.
Throughout yesterday, Vinícius returned to demonstrate on social networks for the racist chants he suffered at Mestalla. “Every away game is an unpleasant surprise. And there were many this season. Death wishes, hanged doll, many criminal screams... Everything registered", says the Brazilian, who in the last two days has received the support of a multitude of personalities from the world of sports throughout the entire planet and, especially , from his native country, Brazil.