It's so hurtful - Lewis Hamilton salutes brave Vinicius following racial abuse

Lewis Junior commends Vinicius Junior's bravery

It's so hurtful - Lewis Hamilton salutes brave Vinicius following racial abuse

Akan Anwankwo 14:46 - 26.05.2023
Lewis Hamilton admires Vinicius Junior's bravery following his recent encounter with his racial abusers.

Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has hailed Vinicius Junior on how he has been able to handle his racial abusers.

The Real Madrid star was racially abused during a La Liga game between Los Blancos and Valencia at the Mestalla.

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Things turned ugly when literally the home fans and some players turned on the Brazilian international.

Ugly scenes then ensued as Vinicius was involved in a tussle with a couple of Valencia players and then shown a red card.

The incident generated lots of attention from the footballing and political world as the act of racism was condemned against the 22-year-old.

The Spanish FA, UEFA, FIFA, coaches, ex-players and the president of Brazil all spoke in one condemning the act.

It is now the turn of the seven-time Formula 1 champion Hamilton who was once abused racially to commend the bravery of the 22-year-old.

What Hamilton said about the issue

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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton revealed that he once was the target of racist abuse in his career. He was quoted by Planet Sport:

“It’s devastating to think that in 2023 we’re still seeing these things and hearing these things.

“It really hits home for me, it really brings up emotions about things that I experienced, whether it’s back in the UK or when I was racing in Italy or in France or in Spain. It can be so hurtful to the things that people say. I think he’s been incredibly brave.”