Real Madrid players and fans honor Vinícius Júnior after Brazilian was racially abused

MADRID (AP) — Vinícius Júnior was watching from the stands as Rodrygo raised his right fist above his head to celebrate his late winner. Rodrigo was making a stance against racism and dedicating the goal to his Real Madrid and Brazil teammate. It was one of the many tributes to Vinícius in Madrid’s first game since the latest case of racial abuse against the player. On Sunday he considered leaving the field after being insulted by Valencia fans. His Madrid teammates all came out on the field wearing his No. 20 jersey in support of the Brazil forward ahead of the game against Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish league. Madrid won 2-1.