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Punishments have been recommended by Spain’s anti-violence commission for seven people over separate acts of racism towards Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior. 

Spain’s Higher Sports Council has recommended that four men are to be fined €60,001 (£51,700) and given two-year stadium bans for hanging an effigy of Vinicius Jr near Real’s training ground in January.

Three other people are also expected to be fined €5,000 (£4,300) and given one-year stadium bans for making racist gestures towards Vinicius Jr in Real’s La Liga encounter against Valencia on May 21. 

On Tuesday evening, Atletico Madrid said they suspended three supporters due to a “repugnant and unacceptable” incident during the Copa del Rey derby.

A club statement read: “After the identification and proposal of sanctions by the Anti-Violence Commission against the alleged perpetrators of the “repugnant and unacceptable” incident that occurred prior to the Copa del Rey derby against Real Madrid, and after the club’s verification that three of them are season ticket holders in the Fan Stand, Atletico de Madrid, in accordance with its internal regulations, has decided to provisionally suspend their membership indefinitely while their case is resolved in court.

“The club’s internal regulations classify as ‘very serious’ offences that result in ‘damage to the image, prestige, and social standing of Club Atletico de Madrid’ and that go against ‘this club’s commitment to reject and oppose any form of verbal or physical violence, as well as any racist, xenophobic, or intolerant act’.”

Vinicius Jr was targeted with racist insults before and during Real’s 1-0 loss at Valencia and was later shown a red card for his part in an on-pitch brawl.

The 22-year-old, however, saw his red card rescinded by Spain’s competition committee — a body formed by one member from La Liga, one from the Spanish Sports Council (CSD) and one from RFEF (Spanish FA).

La Liga president Javier Tebas sparked controversy by comparing Vinicius’ treatment to the abuse endured by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi during their time in the country, claiming that the Brazilian was partly targeted due to his talent. He also insisted the league could solve the issue of racism in stadiums within six months.

Real players and fans put on a unified show of support for Vinicius Jr in their game against Rayo Vallecano, showing a large anti-racism banner before kick-off.

Head coach Carlo Ancelotti previously said last month that he hopes the “atmosphere is changing” in Spanish football in the wake of the racist abuse suffered by Vinicius Jr.

Vinicius Jr could feature for Brazil against Guinea and Senegal having been called up for the matches taking place this month.

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