Former Super Eagles midfielder Mutiu Adepoju and ex-Super Falcons forward, Stella Mbachu have joined other global stars of the game to condemn racist comments against Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jnr over his dancing celebration.
In an emotional statement, in response to the racist abuses, Vinicius vowed to continue with his dance.
“They say that happiness bothers. The happiness of a black Brazilian being successful in Europe bothers much more.
“But my will to win, my smile and the sparkle in my eyes are much bigger than that. Don’t even try to imagine how much.
“They are dances to celebrate the cultural diversity of the world. Accept it! Respect it! Or freak out. In any case, I will not stop!,” the Brazilian said on his Twitter handle.
Adepoju, who also played in the Spanish topflight with Real Sociedad, condemned Atletico Madrid fans, who aimed racist chants at the Brazilian forward before and during the El Derbi at the Wanda Metropolitan, where champions Real emerged 2-1 winners on Sunday.
“I did not suffer racist abuses in Spain, except when you were booed by opposing fans, but not racial abuses. It’s not a good thing and everybody frowns on it. Racism is not only in Spain or England but a global issue, so something has to be done to stop the spread,” Adepoju said.