Tebas claims LaLiga could eradicate racism in six months with new powers
LaLiga president Javier Tebas claims his organisation could eradicate racism from Spanish football in six months if given adequate sanctioning powers.
The issue hit the headlines on Sunday when Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior spoke out after being abused at Valencia, highlighting "continuous episodes across several cities" and suggesting LaLiga "belongs to the racists".
His club responded to the latest incident by filing a hate crime complaint with the Spanish State Attorney General's Office
Tebas gave a tetchy response to Vinicius on social media, for which he subsequently apologised, and at a news conference on Thursday he complained the league's hands are tied by laws which mean LaLiga can currently only identify and report incidents and punishment is rarely handed out.
"What we want is the power to do more things. With the power we are convinced within months this would be solved," he told the specially-arranged conference.
"We are going along the legal route, and I think in six months' time this will be at zero and we will be the best league in the world. The competencies we want are for those intolerable behaviours - racism, homophobia."
When challenged on his six-month solution claim, Tebas added: "We have been able to have economic control to stop our clubs going bankrupt so if we are given the competencies we can put an end to this because it is easier to stop than financial control.