Pele and Neymar tell Vinicius Jr to keep dancing and be himself after agent’s racist ‘monkey’

Pele and Neymar tell Vinicius Jr to keep dancing and be himself after agent’s racist ‘monkey’ remark … while Newcastle star Bruno Guimaraes calls for Pedro Bravo to be jailed over controversial comment

  • A Spanish agent told Vinicius Jr to “stop playing the monkey” on El Chringuito TV
  • Neymar and Pele have both taken to social media to support the Real Madrid star
  • Neymar told Vinicius to “Dribbble, dance and be yourself” after the racist comment
  • Pele said football included “dance” and “joy” and encouraged Vinicius, 22
  • Barcelona boss Xavi and Newcastle star Bruno Guimaraes also backed him

Neymar and Pele have taken to social media to support Vinicius Jr after a Spanish football agent made a racist comment during a live TV broadcast on Friday.

Pedro Bravo – who is the president of the Spanish Agents Association – told Vinicius Jr to “stop playing the monkey” after Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Mallorca.

Bravo made the comment during an appearance on the controversial TV show El Chiringuito before later retracting the statement.

A Spanish agent told Vinicius Jr to “stop playing the monkey” live on El Chringuito TV

Pedro Bravo - who is the president of the Spanish agents association - made the comment

Pedro Bravo – who is the president of the Spanish agents association – made the comment

Bravo compared Vinicius Jr’s behavior to that of a monkey after the Brazilian winger performed his goal celebration dance against Mallorca on Sunday.

Vinicius Jr's goal in the 72nd minute helped the Spanish champions to a 4-1 win last Sunday

Vinicius Jr’s goal in the 72nd minute helped the Spanish champions to a 4-1 win last Sunday

Speaking live on El Chringuito TV, Bravo said: ‘You (Vinicius Jr) have to respect your opponent.

“If you want to dance, go to the sambadrome in Brazil. In Spain you have to respect rivals and stop playing the monkey.’

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar Jr was quick to back the youngster’s flamboyant goal celebration.

He took to social media to post a photo of himself and Vinicius dancing while on international duty with Brazil.

Neymar wrote in the accompanying caption: ‘Dribbling, dancing and being yourself, happy to be who you are! Go for the top my friend, we’ll dance on your next goal.’

Pele also took to Twitter shortly after the incident to support Vinicius. He wrote: ‘Football is joy. It’s a dance. It’s a real party.

“Although racism still exists, we will not let it stop us from continuing to smile. And we will continue to fight racism in this way: to fight for our right to be happy.’

Meanwhile, Newcastle star Bruno Guimaraes has called for the arrest of a Spanish agent over his comments.

Neymar and Pele have both taken to social media to support the Real Madrid star.  Neymar told Vinicius to

Neymar and Pele have both taken to social media to support the Real Madrid star. Neymar told Vinicius to “Dribbble, dance and be yourself” (above) after the racist comment

Pele said football included

Pele said football included “dance” and “joy” and encouraged Vinicius to stand up against racism

He wrote on Twitter: “This DURKEN needs to leave this place under arrest! No excuses. If a guy says this on live TV, just imagine what he says when he’s not. Unbelievable if this guy is not jailed.’

The Madrid-based agent has since apologized for his comments, claiming he ‘misused’ the phrase and that the statement was meant to be ‘metaphorical’.

“I would like to clarify that the expression ‘playing the monkey’ which I have misused to qualify Vinicius’ goal celebration dance was done metaphorically (doing stupid things). “As my intention was not to offend anyone, I sincerely apologize. I’m sorry!’.

Bravo took to Twitter to apologize and insist the phrase was meant 'metaphorically'

Bravo took to Twitter to apologize and insist the phrase was meant ‘metaphorically’

This is not the first time Vinicius has been subjected to racism. The Real Madrid striker said he was subjected to racist abuse during a Clasico clash against Barcelona in 2021.

Speaking about the incident, he said: ‘I think they deserve severe punishments so they don’t do it again. At that point I decided not to say anything because I was focused on the game.’

Vinicius was also subjected to alleged racist abuse during Real Madrid’s match against Mallorca. The striker was targeted by the home side after scoring for Real Madrid.

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