Following the racist abuse directed towards Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have fined Valencia €45,000 euros (£39,000) and ordered a partial closure of their stadium for five games.
The RFEF have now acted to punish Valencia, and also rescinded the red card suffered by Vinicius.
The RFEF released a statement, thus: “The Competition Committee has sanctioned Valencia CF with the partial closure of the Mestalla stadium for five matches, more specifically the Mario Kempes south stand, following the events that occurred during the match between the home team and Real Madrid CF.
“It is considered proven that, as reflected by the referee in his minutes, there were racist shouts at Vinicius, a Real Madrid CF player, during the aforementioned match, altering the normal course of the match and considering the infractions very serious.
“In addition, an economic sanction of 45,000 euros is imposed on Valencia.
“It is possible to file an appeal, within 10 working days, before the Appeals Committee.”
This is the toughest punishment a club in the La Liga has received, after racial abuse from fans.