Real Valladolid suspends season ticket holders over racist abuse

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Real Valladolid has suspended 12 of its season ticket holders while alleged verbal racist abuse against Real Madrid player Vinícius Júnior (pictured right) is investigated by the authorities and the Spanish LaLiga club.

Valladolid said the members will not be allowed to use their tickets to attend games while the investigation was ongoing. The alleged incidents took place during Real Madrid’s 2-0 win at Valladolid’s José Zorrilla Stadium on December 30. 

The club said that it has collaborated with the police to identify the season ticket holders.

In a statement, Valladolid said: “The entity does not consider its fans to be racist, but the commission of these specific incidents has forced the appropriate measures to be taken.

“The club has collaborated for the police identification of these people and has explained to the interested parties the three ways of action they will find: the one carried out by Real Valladolid, the one under the State Commission against Violence, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Sport, and the one that will develop ordinary Justice.”

The statement added: “The precautionary measure implies the immediate suspension of these people’s subscriber cards until the resolution of the file, which will take place within a maximum period of one month. 

“Based on the Internal Regulations of the Subscriber and General Spectators of the José Zorrilla Stadium and the Regulations of the Social Discipline Body of the Club, these subscribers have fifteen days to present the allegations they deem appropriate.”