Real Madrid goalkeeper Misa was the target of sexist abuse on social media on Tuesday after posting a message of joy following Asensio’s goal against Liverpool on Tuesday in the Champions League quarter-final first leg. After deleting her tweet, she has since received the support of many players from Real Madrid and other clubs. Even that of Barça.
“Same passion.” The two words appear on the front page of Marca this Thursday morning. Two days before the Clasico and the day after a new stroke of brilliance from Kylian Mbappé, target of Real Madrid this summer and regularly on the front page of the Spanish daily, it is these two words that click on the cover of Marca.
“Same passion” is what Misa, the goalkeeper of the Real Madrid women’s team, tweeted on Tuesday night after the Merengue’s victory against Liverpool (3-1) in the quarter-final first leg of the League of champions. The 21-year-old illustrated the words with two photos: one of the Los Blancos striker celebrating her goal against the Reds by holding her jersey at the crest level, and the other of her, with roughly the same attitude. She had no idea that this very banal post was going to trigger a torrent of comments and insults of a macho and sexual nature. A surge of hatred that led the Real keeper to delete her message.
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Asensio’s beautiful answer
Except that the case did not stop there. Shocked by these attacks, Marco Asensio quickly defended Misa by posting the same message and the same photos as Misa, however allowing himself to add: “Let nothing and nobody prevent you from saying what you think.” Other Real Madrid players like Vinicius Jr. or Marcelo followed suit and also lent their support by posting a message similar to that of the Spanish player.
Varane also thinks of Diakhaby
Raphaël Varane went further by also evoking racist attacks. The Frenchman, forfeited Tuesday due to a positive Covid test, opted for the photo of Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby rather than his next to that of Misa: “We must do more to combat racism, sexism, homophobia and all forms of discrimination, tweeted the world champion. They have no place in football or in society. We are all equal. “
These messages did not remain the result of individual initiatives. In Spain, clubs from Cadiz and Levante have expressed their solidarity with the goalkeeper of Real. Ditto for Tottenham in England. Even nemesis FC Barcelona showed their support with celebratory photos of Lionel Messi and Barca striker Mariona Caldentey.