NEWS STORY. 24/05/2023
Carlo Ancelotti appeared in the media room at the Santiago Bernabéu following the LaLiga meeting with Rayo. The coach reflected on the game and discussed Vini Jr.: “His morale is just fine. All the support he has received in the last few days has been good for him. I don't think there will be any more cases of racism because we've all become aware of it and things are going to improve very quickly. He would have played if he didn't have the discomfort in his knee. We'll see if he can train tomorrow or Friday so he can play on Saturday. It was just a small issue today that stopped him from playing."
“Everyone knows him, he's such an important player for us with his assists, his goals and the danger he creates. He was replaced by another left winger today, although he often plays on the right too. And Rodrygo made the difference today."
Praise for Rodrygo
“He's had a bigger impact this season and he has nearly been a nailed-on starter. He's really progressed well compared to last year. He'll continue to improve next season as well because he still hasn't reached his best, but he's getting there."
“I didn't see the celebration. All of the players who are close to Vini Jr. feel this issue deeply and have been affected by it because they are friends. Vini Jr. has been impacted by it all a bit and they are showing their support to a teammate."
Did you expect them to overturn Vini Jr.'s red card?
“I was surprised because I didn't think they would review a situation where a mistake was made. On the pitch they only evaluated Vini Jr.'s conduct but it was a longer sequence of events. They changed their mind and I think they made the right call. It's a very difficult situation and I would like to think it was a genuine mistake. They didn't show all of the images and I don't know if that has happened before."
Sanction on Mestalla
“An awful lot has happened in general over the last couple of days. Society at large, not just sport, has accepted its guilty conscience a little bit. It could be a real opportunity. They have imposed measures these days that affect the stands at Mestalla. It's a very important step in the right direction and I hope this issue can be resolved as soon as possible."
“I'm not asking anything of anyone. Everyone should behave as they wish to behave, taking into account that certain things can be done and others should not be."
Tebas' apology to Vini Jr.
“I think it was right. Everybody is becoming aware of what is going on. Our society is full of very intelligent people, especially in Spain. When intelligent people make decisions, the problems stop. I hope that is the case."
“He got a cut on his foot in the first half and it was bothering him. We assessed him at half time and decided he could carry on. It affected him a bit but it wasn't too bad and he played the full 90 minutes."
“He's a left-back with real energy and he's so quick with the ball. He plays out very well and he's got great attributes for us. He'll be with us next year."