France and Juventus midfielder, Paul Labile Pogba has shown his support for Real Madrid forward, Vinícius Jr who was racially abused over the weekend.
Vinícius was subjected to more vile taunts from the stands during week 35 La Liga fixture at the Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia on Sunday.
The 22-year-old forward confronted some of those aiming discriminatory abuse in his direction, before later being sent off in the game. Real Madrid lost by 0-1.
Paul Pogba join friends and countrymen who have rallied across Vinícius to show their support online vocally.
“It’s not the first time, it won’t be the last either.” Pogba posted on his Instagram handle.
“But we must never let that pass again. We have so many examples and I think we all agree today that nothing has changed since then.
“Bananas, animal noises, songs against us? It’s mental illness and I think we all agree that neither ads nor slogans will change these people. If I’ve learned one thing this year, it’s that when someone has a black heart, nothing and no one can change that.
“If the institutions don’t want to find a real solution, let’s try to do it ourselves, for ourselves.” He concluded.
Brazil’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janiero, the same state where Vinícius Jr was born, switched off its lights at 6pm local time for an hour in a show of support for Vinicius Jr as well.