Combatting Racism in LaLiga

LaLiga recently faced a disturbing incident of racism and xenophobia aimed at Sevilla defender Marcos Acuña and his coach, Quique Sanchez Flores. This occurred during the league game at Getafe, where home fans directed abusive language towards the two individuals. The referee’s match report highlighted racist slurs being shouted by a section of the crowd, leading to a temporary halt in the game in the 68th minute. Sevilla promptly denounced the abuse, and LaLiga took action by submitting an official complaint to the Anti-Violence Commission and the Spanish football federation (RFEF)’s Competition Committee.

Continued Challenges

Unfortunately, this was not an isolated incident in Spanish football. Another case of racism marred the sport when Rayo Majadahonda’s goalkeeper Cheikh Sarr was red-carded for standing up to a fan who allegedly made racially charged remarks during a third division league match against Sestao River. The game was abandoned after Majadahonda refused to continue playing following the incident. These occurrences highlight the persistent problem of racism that continues to plague football, even in high-profile matches like the recent Spain vs. Brazil game at the Bernabéu stadium.

Player Support

These incidents prompted Real Madrid forward Vinícius Júnior to speak out about the racism he has personally faced since his arrival in Spain. In a heartfelt news conference before the game against Brazil, Vinícius addressed the issue candidly. Following the abusive incidents over the weekend, he expressed solidarity with Sarr, Acuña, and Sanchez Flores on social media. Sarr, in turn, praised Vinícius for his courage in speaking out against racism and acknowledged the challenges faced by colored players in the sport.

It is evident that racism remains a significant issue in LaLiga, despite efforts to eradicate discriminatory behavior. The recent incidents involving Acuña, Sanchez Flores, Sarr, and Vinícius highlight the urgent need for systemic change and greater awareness in combating racism within football. Players, coaches, and governing bodies must work together to create a safe and inclusive environment where individuals of all backgrounds can participate without fear of abuse or discrimination. Only through collective action and unwavering commitment can the beautiful game truly become a platform for unity and diversity.


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