FIFA president takes Vinicius side and reveals what must be done

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino released a statement on social media after the game between Real Madrid and Valencia.

Vinicius Jr. was racially abused by Valencia fans in Madrid’s 1-0 defeat at the Mestalla on Sunday, and it was a very sad scene to witness.

The FIFA president has showed support to Vinicius and reveals what must be done to prevent future occurrences.

“Full solidarity to Vinicius. There is no place for racism in football or in society and FIFA stands by all players who have found themselves in such a situation,” Infantino wrote.

“Events during the match between Valencia and Real Madrid show that this needs to be the case.

“That is why the three-step process exists in FIFA competitions and it is recommended at all levels of football. 

“Firstly, you stop the match, you announce it. Secondly, the players leave the pitch and the speaker announces that if the attacks continue, the match will be suspended. 

“The match restarts, and then, thirdly, if the attacks continue, the match will stop and the three points will go to the opponent. These are the rules that should be implemented in all countries and in all leagues.

“Clearly, this is easier said than done, but we need to do it and we need to support it through education.”

It’s time for the La Liga to take a stand. What we witnessed on Sunday was an absolute disaster.