Javier Tebas, the president of LaLiga, called a press conference this Thursday afternoon to defend that LaLiga has long been the institution that has fought the most in Spain against racism. The president of the association of clubs once again asked for more powers because he understands that many of the complaints filed have come to nothing or very light penalties. “We want a modification of the 2007 sports law and we are studying the possibility of introducing very novel sanctioning measures. Here you can not take points from the clubs. It would be good to start thinking about that topic and introduce it. I hope they put it as a sanction. If we have the skills, in six months, we are at zero of this. Soccer was bankrupt and we cleaned it up. And that topic was more difficult, ”he said.
Tebas, who acknowledged that he has not spoken to Vinícius since the massive racist shouting at Mestalla, also praised the Madrid player, whom he said “was a very important asset in the League. I already said years ago, when Leo Messi left Barcelona, that Vinícius will be a future Ballon d'Or winner. He is a very good player and we want him to stay."
And Thebes continued with his praise: “The great players are targets of the wrath of racist insults. Vinícius is the best player our competition has and that is why he suffers the wrath of the intolerant. That is why we have placed special vigilance in the games that Vinícius plays away from home. Because he generates that kind of animosity. Another mistake is to think that it causes. It is not like this. He already happened to Cristiano and Messi. Vinícius is not insulted because he is a provocateur, ”said Tebas.
Tebas' public intervention comes after the president of LaLiga had exchanged derogatory tweets with Vinícius himself hours after the Valencia-Real Madrid match last Sunday at Mestalla. “When I talk to him I will say: 'I'm sorry if you think I offended you.' I understand that he is frustrated. He does not have to know what the League does or who has the powers.
Javier Tebas recalled that with the current one, LaLiga has already filed ten complaints for racist actions against Vinícius. Asked if he is in favor of closing the stands because of what happened, he answered with a quick yes. And he also answered with another yes to the question of whether he was in favor of withdrawing from the pitch the team that receives racist insults.
Thebes also recalled that Real Madrid has not appeared in court in any of the LaLiga complaints. He also said he was very concerned about what has happened: “Of course I am worried about the image we are giving abroad. If I didn't care I would be crazy. But Spain is not racist. In life you take blows. We must work to recover the reputation that we may have lost. We are not going to stay crying."
Thebes also defended the Competition resolution in which Vinícius's red card was withdrawn: “The three jurists were together for many hours. The ruling has a deep legal depth and legal basis. They consider that all the evidence is not there and that the referee did not have all the analysis, ”he said.
The LaLiga president said he was very affected: “These are the worst days of my life, as president and as a person. I feel very affected. I have been accused of being racist, something very serious. I have never been racist."