Vinicius Jnr has vowed to continue dancing in his goal celebrations despite being targeted by a racist slur by an agent in Spain.
Pedro Bravo who is the President of the Spanish Agents association told Vinicius Jr to ‘stop .ing the monkey’ after Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Mallorca.
Bravo made the comment during an appearance on the controversial El Chiringuito TV programme before later retracting his statement.
Outraged at seeing dancing ‘criminalised’ by a figure on TV, Vinicius Jnr released a video w. he said he has no plans to stop in the face of abuse.
‘They say that happiness bothers,’ Vinicius said in a video posted to social media.
‘The happiness of a victorious black Brazilian in Europe bothers much more.
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‘But my desire to win, my smile and the sparkle in my eyes are much bigger than that.
‘You can’t even imagine it. I was a victim of a xenophobic and racist comment. But none of that started yesterday.’
He added: ‘Weeks ago they began to criminalise my dances. Dances that are not mine.
‘They belong to Ronaldinho, Neymar, [Lucas] Paqueta, [Antoine] Griezmann, Joao Felix, Matheus Cunha… they belong to Brazilian funk and samba artists, reggaeton singers, and black Americans.
‘Those are dances to celebrate the cultural diversity of the world. Accept it, respect it. I’m not going to stop.’
In their own statement, Real Madrid threatened they would take legal action on anyone who made racist or offensive remarks towards any of their .ers.