Getafe ordered to temporarily close stand after racist and xenophobic abuse

Getafe have been ordered to partially close their central stand for three matches by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) following the racist and xenophobic abuse suffered by the Sevilla manager, Quique Sánchez Flores and the player Marcos Acuña in Saturday’s La Liga game.

The referee Iglesias Villanueva stopped the match in the 68th minute as part of La Liga’s protocol against racism after he heard fans in the stands calling the Argentine defender a “monkey” and the Spanish coach a “gypsy”. The club have also been fined €27,000 ($29,000).

The RFEF said in a statement that the closed area in the stands must display a visible message condemning violent, racist, xenophobic and intolerant acts in football and support fair play.

Real Madrid’s Brazil winger Vinícius Júnior, who has suffered several incidents of racist abuse in Spain, spoke out in support of those affected. “Racists must be exposed and matches cannot continue with them in the stands. We will only have victory when the racists leave the stadiums and go straight to jail, the place they deserve,” he posted on social media.

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There were 16 such episodes against 23-year-old Vinícius reported to Spanish prosecutors by La Liga in the last two seasons.

The Guardian