Pele & Neymar tell Vinicius Jr to keep dancing after agent's racist 'monkey' slur led Bruno Guimaraes to call for arrest to be made

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Newcastle star Bruno Guimaraes has called for a Spanish agent to be arrested after he told Real Madrid forward Vinicius Jr to “stop playing the monkey”, with Neymar urging his Brazil team-mate to keep on dancing.

The racist comment was made by Pedro Bravo – the president of Spanish football agents - during an appearance on the controversial El Chiringuito television show.

He said when discussing Brazil international Vinicius: “You have to respect your opponents. When you score a goal, if you want to dance Samba, you should go to sambodromo in Brazil. You have to respect your mates and stop playing the monkey.”

Bruno has since come out in support of his fellow countryman and called on the relevant authorities to take action.

He has said in a social media post: “This MORON needs to leave this place arrested! No excuses. If a guy says this on live TV, just imagine what he says when he's not. Inconceivable if this guy is not jailed.”

Neymar also posted on social media, seemingly in reaction to the negativity surrounding Vinicius Jr's choice of celebration, as he simply wrote in Portuguese: "DANCE VINI JR". He added on Instagram: "Dribble, dance and be you! Happy just the way you are. Go for it my boy, next goal we dance!"

The Madrid star replied: "All the time!"

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Pele then weighed in on the incident, claiming that football should be a joyous event whilst also stressing the importance of the ongoing battle against racism.

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Racism in Spanish football has been a long-standing issue, with Vinicius himself having been targeted previously.

The Real Madrid forward claimed he suffered racist abuse during a Clasico clash against Barcelona in 2021, while in 2022 he was subjected to alleged racist chants from Mallorca fans - to which he responded by dancing in front of them after scoring.

Vinicius, who scored the only goal of the game as Real Madrid edged out Liverpool in the 2022 Champions League final, has been in fine form for the Blancos this season – with five goals and three assist recorded through eight appearances.