The Spanish government on Monday announced heavy financial penalties and stadium bans against fans who committed racist acts against Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr.
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The four people accused of hanging at the end of January a model with the effigy of the Brazilian striker at a bridge in the Spanish capital before a derby against Atlético will be fined 60,001 euros and banned from stadiums for two years, a body under the Ministry of Sports said in a statement.
Arrested two weeks ago before being released, these members of an ultra group are being prosecuted for "hate crime", a criminal category that includes racist offenses in Spain.
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A regular target of racist acts, Vinicius was targeted by new insults in Valencia on May 28 that provoked a wave of international indignation.
The three people who have been identified as the authors of these insults will be sanctioned with a fine of 5,000 euros and a one-year stadium ban, added this body, the High Council of Sports.
These sanctions have yet to be endorsed by government bodies responsible for security issues in the country.
After the latest episode of racist insults against Vinicius, the president of the Spanish federation, Luis Rubiales, had acknowledged that the country had "a problem of racism" in football while the left-wing government had called for more firmness against these acts.