Real lodge hate crime complaint over Vinicius Jr abuse
Real Madrid say racism directed at Vinicius Jr constitutes a "hate crime" and have filed a complaint with the Spanish State Attorney General's Office.
Brazil forward Vinicius was the subject of an alleged racist attack during Real's 1-0 La Liga defeat at Valencia.
Sunday's game was paused as Vinicius pointed out to the referee those who were abusing him in the stands at the Mestalla - and the 22-year-old later took to social media to say racism is "normal" in La Liga.
This was rejected by La Liga president Javier Tebas as untrue and "unfair" but the president of the Spanish Football Federation Luis Rubiales backed Vinicius and stated Spain had "a problem" with racism.
"Real Madrid CF shows its strongest revulsion and condemns the events that took place yesterday against our player Vinicius Junior," the club said in a strongly worded statement on Monday revealing it's complaint to the state attorney general's prosecutor's office against hate crimes and discrimination.
In a statement on Instagram, Vinicius - who was sent off for violent conduct in added time of Real's defeat - said: "It wasn't the first time, not the second and not the third. Racism is normal in La Liga.
"The competition thinks it's normal, so does the Federation and the opponents encourage it. I am so sorry.
"The championship that once belonged to Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano (Ronaldo) and (Lionel) Messi, today belongs to the racists.
"A beautiful nation, which welcomed me and I love, but which accepted to export the image to the world from a racist country.
"Sorry for the Spaniards who do not agree, but today, in Brazil, Spain is known as a country of racists.
"And unfortunately with everything that happens on a weekly basis, I have no way to defend. I agree. But I'm strong and will go to the end against the racists. Even though it's far from here."
Tebas responded to Vinicius' post by accusing the forward for "criticising and insulting" the league.
In another tweet on Monday, Tebas said: "Neither Spain nor @LaLiga are racist. It is very unfair to say this.
"How @LaLiga we denounce and fight racism with all rigidity within our competences. This season there were 9 cases of racist insults (8 of them for insults against @vinijr)
"We always identify the violators and take the complaint to the legislating bodies. It doesn't matter that they are few, they are relentless.
"We cannot allow the image of a competition that is about the symbol of peoples union to be tarnished, where more than 200 players are of black origin in 42 clubs that receive in each round the respect and affection of the fans, being the racism an extremely specific case (9 complaints) that we are going to eliminate."
But later on Monday Rubiales said: "The first thing is to acknowledge that we have a problem in our country (a problem of) behaviour, education, racism.
"As long as there is a single fan, a single rotten individual or a group of them who insult others due to their sexual orientation, skin colour or belief, we have a serious problem. A serious problem that smears an entire team, a group of fans, a club, and a country," he added.
"Vinicius Jr, just like any footballer, male or female, that is abused (...) has my support and that of the Royal Spanish Football Federation."
Brazil's president Lula da Silva supported Vinicius and urged Fifa and LaLiga to take "serious action" against those responsible.
Valencia released a statement condemning what happened and confirming they will investigate.