4 people banned from stadiums due to hate crime against Vinicius
A Madrid court ruled today to prevent four people arrested on charges of a "hate crime" on suspicion of hanging a doll of Real Madrid Brazilian striker Vinicius Jr. from stadiums, pending their possible trial. The Madrid court said in a statement that the four suspects, who appeared before a judge at the end of their police custody, were released on bail with a ban until further notice after they approached "less than a thousand meters" from any stadium during La Liga matches.
The ban also includes the Real Madrid training centre located in the northeast of the Spanish capital, a location close to where the doll was stuck.
The four suspects, including three members who police said were "active in the ultras group of fans of a club in the capital Madrid" without identifying the club, have been charged with "hate crime", a criminal category that includes racist crimes in Spain. The doll in Vinicius Jr.'s shirt was found hanged on a bridge on January 26, the same day as the derby match in which Real Madrid beat arch-rivals Atletico 3-1 in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, under a banner that read "Madrid hates Real".
During their appearance before the judge, the four people observed their right to silence, according to the Madrid court, which said the investigation was continuing pending their possible trial.
The arrests came two days after the young striker suffered new racist abuse during Sunday's match at Valencia in La Liga and sparked a backlash from around the world.
The match between Real and Valencia (the club lost 1-<>) was interrupted for several minutes, while the referee wrote in his report after the match that the chants of "monkey" were directed at Vinicius. Valencia's public prosecutor on Monday opened an investigation into the incident, which was condemned by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanches, as well as many celebrities and players from around the world.