Gabriel Jesus has dedicated his latest Arsenal goal to Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr.
The 22-year-old was told to ‘stop playing the monkey’ after a 4-1 win over Mallorca by President of Spanish Agents Association, Pedro Bravo, on the controversial El Chiringuito TV after celebrating a goal with a dance.
The comment has been widely condemned with Brazil’s football elite among those to leap to the young star’s defence.
Vinicius responded to the comments on social media, saying: “They say that happiness bothers.
“The happiness of a victorious black Brazilian in Europe bothers much more.
“But my desire to win, my smile and the sparkle in my eyes are much bigger than that.
“You can’t even imagine it. I was a victim of a xenophobic and racist comment. But none of that started yesterday.”
Compatriot Jesus was playing for the Gunners in their 3-0 Premier League over Brentford when he headed over to the Arsenal fans and starting dancing with a smile on his face much to the crowd’s delight.
Neville hails ‘class act’ Rooney for his handling of alleged racist incident in MLS
Arsenal star replicates infamous Toney tweet as Gunners show they’re still rattled
Liverpool scouts track Brazilian midfielder who would ‘love to play for them’
‘Amazing’ Wilkins gave actor Chelsea vs Barcelona ticket in ‘heart-wrenching’ gesture
Arsenal wonderkid smashes Premier League record once held by Liverpool starlet
‘This is a real get for Brighton’, talkSPORT told, as De Zerbi appointment confirmed
The striker also took to social media after the comments were made, with a translated post that read: “Dance, Vini!”
Neymar also stuck up for Vinicius Jr, saying: “Dribble, dance and be yourself, happy to be who you are! Go for the top, my friend, we will dance on your next goal.”
Meanwhile Pele took to social media and said: “Football is joy. It’s a dance. It’s a real party.
“Although racism still exists, we will not allow that to stop us from continuing to smile. And we will continue to fight racism this way: fighting for our right to be happy.”
Jesus wasn’t the only Premier League star to hit out at the comments made either, with Tottenham star revealing after their 6-2 win over Everton that he sent an angry text message to Bravo about his comments.
He told ESPN: “Boring situation, right? I even texted that guy over there who talked b******* to him on the show.
“But that he can have fun like he’s been doing and I’ll hope he scores a goal.’
“I called him a s***… but that he can solve this as soon as possible and don’t miss it.