Despite all the campaigns, programmes, actions, pre-match kneeling etc racism still remains a grave issue plaguing modern-day football.
There’s undoubtedly no quick fix for the issue, and cases of racism at the biggest stages are still frequent.
This week alone saw two such cases in La Liga, the first one came when Nico Williams was abused by Sevilla fans, and in the second case, derogatory comments weren’t directed towards Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr.
It occurred during Low Blancos’ game against Mallorca, one which ended in a 3-0 victory, with the Brazilian scoring the opener, after which he responded to opposition fans in the best manner possible.
The incident itself occurred after the halftime whistle, as fans heckled the Brazilian winger with racist abuse while he walked back to the tunnel.
In a fitting response, the Brazilian broke the deadlock in the 55th minute by nutmegging the keeper, and also won their penalty for the second goal.
To further rub salt in the wounds, Vinicius walked over to the away fans and sprung into a samba dance, showing just how unconcerned he was with all their heckling.
Vini produced a perfect example of shutting haters up on the pitch and also mocked them brilliantly.
Speaking in the context of this season, the Brazilian has been put through the wringer at times.
He’s been on the end of something very rash challenge while receiving little-known protection from referees, and the game at Mallorca was also the second instance of racial abuse against him this season.
Despite all the obstacles, the Brazilian continues to show his talent and determination and is simply irreplaceable currently.