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Recent articles by Tales:

Benzema bids Real Madrid adios at clubhouse ceremony

MADRID (AP) — Karim Benzema officially bid farewell to Real Madrid on Tuesday, saying he wanted to end his career with the club but life gave him anot... → Read More

Fans who racially insulted Vinícius set to be fined, banned from games

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s anti-violence commission on Monday proposed fines of 60,001 euros ($64,290) and two-year bans from stadiums for each of the four... → Read More

Real Madrid to focus on rebuilding its attack after losing Benzema

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid goes into the offseason knowing it will need to boost its attack after losing Karim Benzema and other forwards. → Read More

Formula 1: Mercedes optimistic after significant progress shown at Spanish GP

MADRID (AP) — Mercedes came out of Formula One’s Spanish Grand Prix with increased confidence after showing significant progress and finishing ahead o... → Read More

Barcelona not giving up hope of bringing Lionel Messi back to Spanish soccer

MADRID (AP) — Barcelona has not given up hope of seeing Lionel Messi returning to the club despite increasing speculation about a pending move to Saud... → Read More

Racist abuse of Vinícius Júnior highlights entrenched problem in soccer

MADRID (AP) — Hanging from a highway bridge in Madrid, an effigy of one of the world’s most famous Black soccer players stands as a graphic reminder o... → Read More

Benzema scores in final game with Madrid; Vinícius Júnior back in team after racial abuse

MADRID (AP) — Karim Benzema converted his penalty kick and received a standing ovation from fans before being substituted at the Santiago Bernabeu Sta... → Read More

Striker Karim Benzema will not return to Real Madrid next season

MADRID (AP) — Karim Benzema will not stay with Real Madrid next season, the club said Sunday. → Read More

Sevilla ends unusually poor season celebrating yet another Europa League title

MADRID (AP) — It was the usual ending for Sevilla in an unusual season for the Spanish soccer club. → Read More

With section of stadium closed after racist abuse against Vinícius, Valencia draws at home

MADRID (AP) — Playing its first home game with a section of Mestalla Stadium closed as punishment for the racist abuse against Vinícius Júnior, Valenc... → Read More

Spain takes action against racism after Vinícius case but punishing fans remains a challenge

MADRID (AP) — The attention brought by the latest case of abuse against Real Madrid forward Vinícius Júnior has taken Spain to what could be a turning... → Read More

Diakhaby stays away from anti-racism banner before Valencia game

MADRID (AP) — Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby didn’t pose by an anti-racism banner with his teammates before Valencia’s loss at Mallorca in the Spa... → Read More

Rodrygo scores late as Real Madrid beats Rayo amid tributes to Vinícius Júnior

MADRID (AP) — Rodrygo scored an 89th-minute winner as Real Madrid defeated Rayo Vallecano 2-1 in a Spanish league match marked by tributes to Madrid f... → Read More

Valencia slams ‘disproportionate’ punishment after racial abuse against Vinícius Júnior

MADRID (AP) — Valencia will appeal the partial closure of its stadium following the racial abuse directed at Real Madrid forward Vinícius Júnior in a ... → Read More

Barcelona loses to Valladolid, Raphinha shows message of support for Vinícius Júnior

MADRID (AP) — Barcelona forward Raphinha took off his jersey and revealed his message of support for fellow Brazilian Vinícius Júnior. → Read More

Ancelotti: Spain has ‘great opportunity’ to take ‘drastic’ measures against racism

MADRID (AP) — The visibility surrounding the latest case of abuse against Vinícius Júnior gives Spain a great opportunity to take serious action again... → Read More

Arrests made in effigy, ongoing racial abuse cases of Spanish soccer player Vinícius Júnior

The Spanish league has filed nine criminal complaints of cases of racial abuse against Vinícius in the last two seasons, with most of them being shelved by prosecutors. → Read More

4 people arrested on suspicion of hanging Vinícius Junior effigy off bridge

MADRID (AP) — Four people suspected of hanging an effigy of Real Madrid player Vinícius Júnior off a highway bridge in Madrid in January have been arr... → Read More

Vinícius Júnior gains more support as Spanish soccer again embroiled in racism

MADRID (AP) — Spanish soccer is again embroiled in racism, with the support for Vinícius Júnior growing rapidly after yet another case of abuse agains... → Read More

Valencia closer to avoiding drop with win over Madrid; Vinícius again targeted with racist abuse

MADRID (AP) — Valencia moved even closer to staying in the top tier with a 1-0 win over Real Madrid on Sunday but the Spanish league game was marred b... → Read More