Atletico Madrid denounces racist chants towards Actual Madrid’s Vinicius Junior


Atletico Madrid on Tuesday condemned the racist chants made by a few of its followers towards Actual Madrid ahead Vinicius Junior and pledged to work with authorities to determine these accountable.

A gaggle of Atletico followers outdoors the Metropolitano stadium chanted “Vinicius, you’re a monkey” earlier than Madrid’s 2-1 win within the metropolis derby on Sunday. Atletico may face the closure of the Metropolitano for a couple of video games relying on the end result of an investigation.

“Our membership has at all times been identified for being an open and inclusive area for followers of various nationalities, cultures, races, and social courses, and some can’t tarnish the picture of hundreds and hundreds of Atleti followers who help their workforce with ardour and respect for his or her opponents,” the membership mentioned.

“These chants provoke monumental repulsion and indignation,” Atletico added in its assertion. “We is not going to enable any particular person to cover behind our colors to utter insults of a racist or xenophobic nature.”

The membership condemned “the unacceptable chants {that a} minority of followers made outdoors the stadium.” It pledged to instantly expel any of its members who participated.

The Spanish league equally mentioned “hate speech has no place in La Liga” and vowed to “work with the golf equipment and the authorities to determine and convey to justice any such case.” It plans to file its official report back to the Spanish federation, which can weigh disciplinary motion towards Atletico.

The derby had been surrounded by controversy after Vinicius’s dances throughout current objective celebrations have been criticized by a visitor in a well-liked sports activities discuss present who used racist language. That prompted the 22-year-old ahead, who’s Black, to make a robust assertion towards racism, saying he believed his actions on the sphere have been “being criminalized” and that his success as a Black Brazilian man in Europe was “annoying” to some.

After fellow Brazilian Rodrygo scored Madrid’s first objective on Sunday, he and Vinicius did their samba-like strikes by one of many nook flags, fulfilling their promise to maintain dancing regardless of the criticism.

Some Atletico followers threw objects at them.

It wasn’t the primary time Vinicius was subjected to racist taunts. It occurred final 12 months throughout a “clasico” towards Barcelona on the Camp Nou. There have been additionally circumstances towards different gamers, together with Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams.

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