REAL MADRID were rushed to delete a tweet containing a racist slur yesterday after a post backfired about Vinicius Junior’s 2022 Champions League winner.
The LaLiga side launched an initiative to promote their new app, promising to tag fans’ usernames in a personalized post dedicated to the Brazilian’s famous match-winner against Liverpool.
But it appears the club’s social media bosses used an automated algorithm designed to pick random fans who liked a particular post.
And that was a move that resulted in one of the users selected in the tweet using a racist alias in their name on the social media app.
Madrid, who have just completed Joselu’s loan deal to replace Jude Bellingham’s £115million signing, have posted the clip of the goal along with the vile grab inside.
But about ten minutes later, they quickly took it off again.
Madrid still seem to be posting clips of Vinicius’ goal and tagging fan accounts, but they’ve also made another obvious mistake by putting a user named “ElonOut” — referring to Twitter’s billionaire CEO Elon Musk — in recorded another tweet.
The incident comes just days after Vinicius Junior’s trusted advisor and friend, Felipe Silva, was allegedly racially abused ahead of their recent clash in Brazil.
Samba Boys took on Guinea on Saturday and won 4-1 in what was originally intended to be an anti-racism friendly.
Silva was attacked by a security guard as he entered Barcelona’s Espanyol Stadium, where the game was taking place.
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The security guard allegedly walked up to him, then pulled out a banana and pointed at him.
Then the man is said to have said: “Hands up, this is my weapon for you.”
A clip of the incident has since circulated on social media, showing Silva and his entourage confronting a group of security forces.
Brazil won thanks to goals from Joelinton, Rodrygo, Eder Militao and Vinicius but it remains to be seen if the incident will be investigated.
Vinicius took to Twitter after the game and wrote: “While I was playing and getting emotional in the already historic black jersey, my friend was being humiliated and mocked at the entrance to the stadium.
“The treatment was sad, they doubted the surreal scene that was unfolding at all times.
“Backstage is disgusting. But in order to make everything public, I ask those responsible: Where are the recordings from the surveillance cameras?”
Vinicius was repeatedly racially insulted in Spain.
The Real Madrid star received huge support after being targeted by Valencia fans during a league game in May.