Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti talks with referee De Burgos Bengoetxea next to Vinicius Jr. (right) played in a Spanish soccer league match at the Mestalla stadium, in Valencia, on May 21, 2023.
The Appeals Committee of the Spanish Federation (RFEF) reduced this Friday’s partial ban from five to three games in the stadium, after partially evaluating Valencia’s appeal.
Valencia had appealed the decision of the Competition Committee (RFEF disciplinary body) to close the so-called Kempes stadium of Mestalla for five games, since the racist insults of the Brazilians by Real Madrid’s Vinicius started last Sunday.
The Appeals Committee, which had already on Thursday refused to temporarily suspend the sanction imposed by the Competition, admitted the sanction to the Valencia club by lowering it, according to a resolution published this Friday.
The appeal considers that “the club (Valencia) cannot be excused, since the division is correct and there is no strong enough measure (to stop the insults)”.
But, “we believe that the seat taken by the club in the competition is not sufficiently accounted for” by the Competition Committee.
In this way, the Appeals Committee has reduced the partial closure of the Mestalla stadium from five to three games, which will take place on Sunday in the meeting that Valencia will play against Espanyol, on Sunday in the penultimate league.
The appeal also reduced the fine applied to Valencia from 45,000 coins to 27,000 euros (from 48,286 to 29,000 dollars).