The UN has condemned this Wednesday the racist insults received on Sunday by the Real Madrid player Vinicius Junior, during the match held against Valencia, and has indicated that this situation “recalls the prevalence of racism in sport”.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, referred to these facts at a press conference before calling on “those who organize sporting events” to “launch strategies on the ground” to “avoid and counteract” the racism that is record in the sports world.

In this sense, he has called to “listen” and “involve” “people of African descent” in decision-making on measures against racism with the aim of taking “real steps to address their main concerns.”

Türk has also offered sports federations a guide on how to put human rights standards into practice and the fight “against stigmatization, racism or discrimination against the LGTBI collective”.

On the other hand, in his speech, the high commissioner has linked the Vinicius Junior episode with the murder of George Floyd three years ago in the US. “It is clear that the problem of police brutality against people of African descent will not be solved until we deal with the broader problem of the systematic manifestations of racism that permeate every aspect of our lives,” he declared.