Watch: Vinicius Jr. sent off for role in melee after Valencia clash halted for racist chants

Disgraceful scenes during the La Liga showdown between Valencia and Real Madrid ultimately culminated in the latter’s Vinicius Jr. being given his marching orders.

Carlo Ancelotti’s Real made the trip to the Mestalla a short time ago.

Fresh off seeing the defence of their Champions League crown brought to an end at the hands of Manchester City in midweek, Los Blancos turned their attentions back towards matters on the domestic front, eyeing a bounce-back result up against relegation-battling Valencia.

When all was said and done, however, the evening’s visitors, once more, were condemned to defeat.

This came as a solitary first-half finish on the part of Diego Lopez ultimately culminated in Valencia emerging on the right side of a 1-0 result.

As alluded to above, though, post-match, it is not the result at the Mestalla which has since taken its place centre stage in the headlines.

Instead, it is the name of Real Madrid wide-man Vinicius Jr.

This comes after the Brazilian, for what feels like the umpteenth time this season alone, was subjected to a disgusting round of racial abuse.

After having monkey noises and jibes aimed in his direction by the home crowd, Vinicius, understandably, took it into his own hands to inform the referee, bringing a halt to proceedings as he singled out one guilty party in particular:

Evidently riled up by the disgraceful developments inside the Mestalla, it should therefore come as little surprise to hear that the 22-year-old was then at the heart of an injury-time melee.

After an intense altercation broke out, Valencia shot-stopper Giorgi Mamardashvili made a beeline for Vinicius, before the winger was grabbed from behind by Hugo Duro.

This, in turn, culminated in Vinicius lashing out, actions which resulted in referee Ricardo De Burgos, on the back of a VAR check, brandishing a red card in the direction of the South American.

On the other hand, Duro, despite his role in the brawl, escaped without even a booking.

As he made his way off the pitch, Vinicius was then understandably keen to rile up the home crowd further, highlighting Valencia’s ongoing struggles by way of a ‘going down’ gesture:

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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