'I'd have walked off with Vinicius': Madrid's Courtois after racism incident

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Vinicius Junior signalled to Valencia fans that they were going to the second division after he was sent off at the end of the match in which he was racially abused

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said he would have walked off the pitch with Vinicius Junior if the Brazilian had chosen to stop playing after receiving racist insults as their team lost 1-0 at Valencia on Sunday.

The Brazilian forward pointed to a fan behind the Valencia goal midway through the second half, with Madrid defender Lucas Vazquez saying the supporter made monkey gestures.

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There was a delay of around 10 minutes before play resumed. Vinicius was later sent off in stoppage time for hitting Hugo Duro during a brawl as tensions boiled over.

"If Vini wants to keep playing, we keep playing, but if Vini says he's not playing any more, I'm leaving the pitch with him, because we cannot tolerate these things," Courtois told Movistar.

"With the brawl the first to receive a red card should be Hugo Duro, who grabbed Vinicius by the neck."

The Madrid goalkeeper said he thought he heard monkey chants earlier in the match as well.

"(I feel) bad because there was an act of racism ... I remember at the start, around the 20th minute there were monkey sounds, sometimes it's hard to see if it is or not, (but) the first thing is that we cannot accept this, we cannot tolerate this.

"One day you will have to put a camera just focused on these people because the disgusting things you can hear are crazy."

Vazquez said it was not acceptable that racist incidents still happen in stadiums, with Vinicius targeted at several grounds this season.

"Football goes into the background today, we lived through something difficult to explain," the defender told Movistar.

"That there's still racism happening at a ground is unacceptable, they will have to take a lot of measures."