LaLiga president, Javier Tebas, caused real chaos after the whole story about Vinicius Jr. and the fact that he was racially insulted by fans of Valencia. In his address, Tebas was critical of Vinicius Jr. given that the Brazilian did not attend the meetings in which he should have been informed about the powers La Liga had in relation to racism.
However, Tebas has now apologized and revealed what his intentions were. “I always tell this to my entire work team. When people or an important part of them understand a message in a certain way, then they are right so I have to be sorry because I think my message was not understood, especially in Brazil," -La Liga president said, as quoted by eurosport.com
"So, I have to be sorry because I think my message and the intent with which I wrote it, an important part of it was not understood, especially in Brazil.
Because my intent was not to attack Vinicius, but rather to clarify that Vinicius just one month ago made a video supporting the actions of La Liga [against racism]."
Javier Tebas talks about his authority
Tebas is obviously helpless regarding this problem, given that La Liga currently does not have special powers with which they could remove someone from the stands.
The Spanish Federation will decide on that. “This season, racist insults have been reported nine times. Eight of them have been for insults against Vini. We always identify these maniacs and file a complaint with the relevant bodies.
It doesn't matter how few they are, we are always relentless," Tebas said. "The federation and La Liga are two different entities. We don't have the authority to expel people from the stadiums; they do. We would take action if we had more authority to sanction and punish offenders.
We would close the stadiums, ban the fans, but we only have responsibility from outside the stadium.
We have filed grievances about racism that ended in just fines. I hope that we can be given the authority to take action.
Because I think if we had the authority to take measures, we would end racism in the stadiums within months."