Orlando Leite, Ambassador of Brazil: "Vinicius does not bow his head to insults"

He’s the very best authority of Brazil in Spain and has been watching with concern for 4 days the outbreak of the state of affairs {that a} compatriot of his lives in our soccer.

Orlando Leite, ambassador of Brazil in Spain.PATXI CORRALARAB PRESS

The tsunami’ Vinicius Junior has put our nation within the world focus of racism, however Orlando Leite, Brazilian ambassador, doesn’t imagine that Spain is xenophobic. “Spain will not be a racist nation, however actuality and the notion of actuality are two very various things,” he instructed EL MUNDO from Bilbao, the place he’s on an institutional go to.

What state is the Vinicius case in now?
I acquired two calls on Tuesday morning from the overall director of the Nationwide Police. He instructed me in regards to the arrest of 4 folks for the doll (he refers back to the look of a doll hanging from a bridge with the signal “Madrid hates Actual”) and three others for what occurred final Sunday at Mestalla.
And have you ever spoken to somebody from the federal government?
Sure, twice with Juan Fernández Trigo, Secretary of State for Latin America and the Caribbean and Spanish within the World. The very first thing we talked about had already been the topic of my final go to to his workplace, which was in regards to the doll. So I went with a be aware to point out my disagreement. He apologized on behalf of the Spanish authorities.
What do you consider the measures taken because of the occasions at Mestalla, each inside and outdoors the stadium?
I believe they’re a superb begin, however we nonetheless hope that these accountable are punished. The actual fact additionally has a really massive repercussion as a result of it isn’t the primary time, there have been 9. What’s shocking is that there was not a single conviction for these crimes, the groups didn’t lose factors, there have been no stadiums closed… There are lots of issues that might not be finished, however now they’ve been finished.
Are you not stunned that the arrests for the doll on the bridge are simply now, shortly after what occurred in Valencia?
The coincidence was not good. We’ve got a wonderful relationship with the Nationwide Police and it isn’t that straightforward. The vital factor is that they’ve been arrested and the method has begun, now let’s have a look at the way it ends. The interpretation that the judges now make of the information might lead a technique or one other.
Do you assume that this grievance by Vinicius Junior goes to mark a earlier than and after within the combat towards racism in Spain?
You must combat racism and sport is an ideal speaker to do it. I hope it’s a turning level within the matter, sure. It was a really unhappy episode, however we hope it helps change the mindset. It’s unimaginable that in 2023 there could be any such insult in a society like Spain.
Why at all times Vinicius and never one other participant?
He is excellent and likewise doesn’t decrease his head to insults.
Vinicius Junior already suffered two related incidents in his nation in 2017 and 2018 and, at the moment, he additionally known as Brazil racist.
Xenophobia is in Spain, Brazil and in all places. The query will not be the presence of racism on this place or in one other, however the way in which and the need to fight it. Right now in Brazil we’ve got a ministry that offers exactly with this and is represented by the Minister of Racial Equality of Brazil, Anielle Franco.
Has the picture of the nation modified after the departure of former president Jair Bolsonaro?
I arrived in Spain a 12 months in the past and Bolsonaro was president of the nation, however Lula da Silva provides extra significance to this difficulty, therefore the creation of the ministry. As well as, the minister has a really excessive profile and is thought for her robust stance towards xenophobia.
Neymar Jr. and different stars who help Vinicius additionally supported Bolsonaro on the time. Is not that contradictory?
Every responds in their very own method to these disagreeable conditions. One factor is the protection of values ​​and the opposite is the political place. That’s the reason folks have voted for Lula. It occurs everywhere in the world, there are a lot of governments supported by the intense proper, however every individual takes inventory and chooses.