‘There’s nothing in the world that would justify that’: Jurgen Klopp left baffled by question suggesting Vinicius Jr’s on-pitch antics could be the reason behind the racist abuse he has suffered in Spain
- Vinicius Junior has been the victim of constant abuse during his time in Spain
- The forward once again experienced racist chants at Osasuna on the weekend
- Jurgen Klopp defended him and rubbished suggestions abuse is his fault
Jurgen Klopp has labelled any suggestion that the racist abuse suffered by Vincius Junior in Spain and beyond is the player’s fault ‘completely insane’ ahead of Liverpool‘s clash with Real Madrid.
Vinicus, 22, has been the victim of sickening abuse throughout his time in Spain with Real Madrid.
Ahead of Real Madrid’s clash away at rivals Atletico earlier this season, home fans hung an effigy of the Brazilian from a bridge.
Racist chants and jibes were also reported to come from sections of the crowd, while outside the ground videos showed supporters chanting ‘Vinicius, you are a monkey’.
LaLiga has so far filed six legal cases related to the abuse of the forward. The player has been on the receiving end of abuse, much of it racist, at Atletico Madrid, Mallorca, Osasuna, Barcelona and Real Valladolid.
The Brazilian forward has been the victim of near-constant abuse – much of it racist – this term
Jurgen Klopp appeared baffled at the suggestion abuse suffered by Vinicius could be his fault
The abuse at Osasuna this month happened during a minute’s silence, while Mallorca player Antonio Raillo accused him of using racism as a ‘trump card’ when he was called a ‘provocateur’.
With the subject national news in the Spanish press after weeks and months of abuse directed at Vinicius, Klopp was asked whether or not he felt the Brazilian did not help himself with his antics on the pitch.
‘That he is doing something on the pitch which could cause [this abuse]?’ he queried back, looking perplexed.
‘There’s nothing in the world that would justify that. Whatever he is doing on the pitch, I don’t know – but it would be nothing – no.
‘Imagine I would say yes, that this part of his game could cause this? No, that would be completely insane. No, nothing.
‘As far as I know he is a world class player… and you should not leave him a lot in one one situations or alone.’
Referencing Vinicius’s decisive role in Real Madrid’s victory over Liverpool in last season’s final – when he scored the only goal as the Spanish giants claimed their 14th Champions League triumph – Klopp said he was not fazed by the occasion and displayed his talent.
‘He was that night, at a really young age, [not] fussed by the way the game went, in that they were not always dominant and stuff like this, and he was there in the decisive moment,’ the Liverpool boss said.
‘I’m pretty sure that makes him already a Real Madrid legend at a very, very young age and I hope he’s not fussed by any idiots who say something about him.
‘But I hear that now for the first time. I don’t read these kind of things, to be honest.’
Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid’s manager, had been asked a similar question by the Spanish media last week ahead of their clash with Osasuna.
The player was abused during a minute’s silence away at Osasuna over the weekend
Vinicius scored the only goal in last season’s Champions League final to win Real Madrid’s 14th crown
‘Is Vinicius the problem?’ Ancelotti responded. ‘The problem is not Vinicius, it’s what happens around Vinicius. Period.’
Amid reports earlier this month that Vinicius was becoming more and more affected by the abuse and rough treatment he was suffering from opposition supporters and players, Ancelotti also defended the player. He said that the abuse was a ‘Spanish football problem’ which had to be cut out.
‘The question is: what’s the problem? Vinicius or his teammates? What does Vinicius have to defend himself from? Here it seems like Vinicius is the problem. The problem is what is happening around Vinicius, that’s all,’ Ancelotti said.
‘It’s a Spanish football problem, and as a part of Spanish football I think it’s a problem we have to solve. It feels like he’s guilty, but he’s the victim of something I don’t understand.’