The Brazil coach, Tite, supported Real Madrid striker Vinicius Junior on Wednesday, asking him to “dribble”, “dance” and preserve his “essence” in the face of comments and chants considered racist received in Spain.
“Dribble, dance and always remain you in your essence. That is the essence; it is the joy, the vibration, the celebration,” Tite said at a press conference he gave in Le Havre (France), on the eve of the friendly match. against Ghana with a view to the World Cup in Qatar.
The coach demanded, both from the Real Madrid winger and from all the Canarinha players, that they continue to show “their talent and their art” for all those who “love football”.
He also recalled that Vinicius and other teammates already danced together when celebrating a goal against Chile in the last South American qualifiers and that at no time was there “a contempt for the opponent” for it.
He also cited a similar episode in another recent match against Bolivia, when the Brazilians danced together “the palomo dance”, a nickname for Richarlison, the English Tottenham striker.
“I know very well how to distinguish when it’s provocation and when it’s an act of joy. Let them continue to be happy as they are,” said Tite, who will step down as Brazil coach at the end of the World Cup that will take place in Qatar between November and December. .
The coach came out in this way in the wake of the controversy that has surrounded Vinicius Junior in recent weeks, who has been the subject of criticism and even chants of a racist and xenophobic nature in Spain.
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On the program ‘El Chiringuito’, a commentator urged Vinicius to “not play the monkey” during the celebration of his goals and go to the sambódromo to dance, statements for which he later apologized and which generated a strong wave of rejection in Brazil .
In addition, last Sunday, a group of Atlético de Madrid fans sang “Vinicius you are a monkey” in the surroundings of the Civitas Metropolitano stadium, minutes before the derby against Real Madrid, which was also widely condemned in Brazil and in Spain.
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