During the match against Brentford, Gabriel Jesus hit a Vinicius-style dance celebration after his goal.
Gabriel Jesus scored the second goal in the 28th minute against Brentford.
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Vinicius Jr Dance Criticism
Spanish agent tells Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr to ‘stop playing the monkey’ after his cocky goal celebration against Mallorca, before quickly apologising by claiming he ‘misused’ the expression
Pedro Bravo, President of the Spanish Agents association, compared Vinicius Jr’s behaviour to that of a monkey after the Brazilian winger performed his goal celebration dance against Mallorca.
Bravo said on El Chringuito TV: ‘You (Vinicius Jr) have to respect the opponent.
‘In Spain, you have to respect rivals and stop playing the monkey.’
The Madrid-based agent quickly took to Twitter to apologise after his comments were labelled as ‘disgusting’ on social media.
He claimed that he ‘misused’ the expression and that the statement was meant ‘metaphorically’.
‘I want to clarify that the expression “playing the monkey” that I have misused to qualify Vinicius’ goal celebration dance was done metaphorically (doing stupid things),’ he insisted.
‘Since my intention was not to offend anyone, I sincerely apologise. I am sorry!’
Neymar Jr, a PSG superstar, has since backed the youngster’s extravagant celebration, posting a photo of the pair dancing while on international duty with Brazil.
Vinicius Jr simply replied ‘Sempre!’, which means ‘always,’ implying that he has no intention of stopping his post-goal antics.
Vinicius Reacts On Instagram
“As long as skin color is more important than the brightness of the eyes, there will be war.” Vinicius wrote on Instagram.
“I have that phrase tattooed on my body. I have that thought permanently in my head. That’s the attitude and philosophy that I try to put into practice in my life.
“They say happiness is annoying. The happiness of a victorious black Brazilian in Europe bothers much more,
“But my desire to win, my smile and the twinkle in my eyes are much bigger than that. You can’t even imagine.
“I was a victim of xenophobia and racism in one statement. But none of that started yesterday. Weeks ago, they started criminalising my dancing.
“Dances that are not mine. They belong to Ronaldinho, Neymar, (Lucas) Paqueta, (Antoine) Griezmann, João Felix, Matheus Cunha… Brazilian funk and samba artists, reggaeton singers, and black Americans.
“They are dances to celebrate the cultural diversity of the world. Accept it, respect it. I’m not going to stop.”
“I always try to be a professional and an exemplary citizen. But that doesn’t click, doesn’t trend on the internet, or motivates cowards to aggressively talk about people they don’t even know,” Vinicius added.
“The script always ends with an apology and a ‘I was misunderstood.’ But I repeat it to you racist: I will not stop dancing.
“Whether at the Sambódromo, at the Bernabéu or wherever. With the love and smiles of the very happy, Vini Jr. #BAILAVINIJR”.
Real Madrid Reacted
The 22-year-old, who won the Champions League and La Liga double with Real Madrid last season, was defended by his club.
“Real Madrid condemns all types of racist and xenophobic language and behaviour in football, sport and life in general, such as the regrettable and unfortunate comments made against our player Vinicius Junior in the last few hours,” read a club statement.
“Real Madrid would like to express its affection and support for Vinicius Junior, a player who regards football as an attitude towards life through joy, respect and sportsmanship.
“Football is the most global sport there is and should be a model of values and coexistence. The club has directed its legal services to take legal action against anyone who makes racist remarks towards our players.”