Almost four days have passed since Vinicius Junior was subjected to racial insults at Mestalla, and there are still new reactions from the highest levels. The international reputation of Spanish football has been severely harmed. And it is for this reason that the events of last Sunday in Valencia have reached the United Nations. Volker Türk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, criticized the insults directed at the Real Madrid player and urged sporting event organizers to employ "measures to eliminate racism in sport."
"The racist abuse suffered by Vinicius Junior last Sunday reminds us of the existence of racism in sport, and I urge those who organize sporting events to implement ways to avoid and oppose it on the ground. Much more needs to be done to end racial prejudice, and it must begin with listening to individuals of African heritage, involving them, and taking concrete actions to address their key issues," Türk stated.
Similarly, the White House has reflected on the topic. Matthew Miller, the spokesman of the US Department of State, condemned the racist slurs directed against Vinicius during the match between Valencia and Real Madrid. "Clearly, we reject racism around the world, wherever it occurs, even in sports, and we appreciate any attempt to bring it to light and fight it," Miller stated during a news conference, admitting to witnessing those "horrible" instances of racism.