Vinicius Jr has red card overturned following racist abuse as Valencia hit with five-game stand closure | The Sun
VINICIUS JR will not be forced to serve a ban after being sent off against Valencia.
The Real Madrid star was shown a red card after a bust-up between the two clubs' players.
Vinicius, 22, was dismissed after VAR showed him catching Hugo Duro's face with his arm.
Although the Valencia striker did not receive any punishment for getting the Brazilian in a headlock moments before.
After the game, the Real Madrid star claimed Spain is a "country of racists".
He reported abuse from home supporters during his team's 1-0 defeat at the Mestalla Stadium.
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Vinicius pointed out the alleged offenders to the referee, with the match temporarily halted for around nine minutes.
Los Blancos' star winger sarcastically applauded and gave a peace sign to the home crowd as he left the field.
He will not have to serve the five-game suspension after the RFEF Competition Committee overturned it.
A Spanish FA statement said that the decision to rescind the red card was made due to VAR failing to show the referee the full footage of the incident.
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It read that the referee was "deprived of a decisive part of the facts", making it "impossible for him to properly assess what happened".
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On the red card the statement read: "However, after viewing the images provided by the VAR, the referee changed his criteria, leaving the yellow card without effect and showing him a red one.
Valencia will also be forced to a partial closure of the south stand Mario Kempes at the Mestalla Stadium.
However, the LaLiga side are set to appeal against the sanction, according to Cope.
Meanwhile, seven people have been arrested in Spain on suspicion of the racial abuse aimed at Vinicius Jr and hanging an effigy of the Real Madrid winger from a bridge near the club's training ground.
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