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Atletico Madrid CEO comments on racial abuse against Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr

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After Atletico Madrid issued a statement condemning the racist abuse directed towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr at the Civitas Metropolitano, their CEO, Miguel Angel Gil Marin has spoken out on the matter.

Vinicius was subjected to racist chants outside and inside the Civitas Metropolitano on Sunday on the day of the Madrid derby, which Atleti lost 1-2. The 22-year-old was targeted specifically by a section of home supporters and Miguel Angel Gil Marin has denounced the act.

“I know our fans well and it is unacceptable that someone can think they are racist. Those cries from a minority embarrass us atletico and cannot stain the image of the club, nor the behavior and sentiment of the vast majority.”

The club CEO also responded to the comments made by Spain Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, saying: “I appreciate that you remind us of our obligation, and I am one hundred percent in agreement with your comment.”

At the same time, though, he defended Atletico Madrid, saying: “I must also point out that pursuing these scourges is everyone’s job, not just the club managers. They accuse us when in reality we are also victims.”

He also seemed to be taking a pointed dig at some of the players who came out in support of Vinicius after Atletico Madrid captain Koke had made comments warning him about pulling out his dancing celebrations at the Metropolitano.

“I did not understand the campaign that was created, with exaggerated demonstrations, misrepresenting the statements of our captain, mixing it with a phrase with racist overtones from someone outside our club,” he said.

“That generated a climate of unnecessary and inconvenient tension before a match of maximum rivalry sporty. The time has come to also demand responsibility and professionalism from all those who intervene in the world of football.”

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Atletico lash out at referee’s decision during Real Madrid clash: “They create such pressure”

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Real Madrid’s win over Atletico Madrid once again showed the European Champions’ ability to fight back even from the deepest of troughs and come back on top. The men in white were a goal down with 15 minutes to spare but forced extra time and managed to advance to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.

However, the game was not without its own share of controversy. One of the biggest moments came in the 71st minute when Dani Ceballos avoided a red card that would have changed the course of the game. Ironically, Atletico Madrid had Stefan Savic sent off in extra time to help Real Madrid progress.

To give context Ceballos was already on a yellow card for making an unnecessary challenge in the 69th minute of the game. Two minutes later, he appeared to have caught Thomas Lemar near the knee.

Atletico Madrid thus demanded that he get a second yellow and receive his marching orders. Given that the Rojiblancos were already up a goal, it could have changed the course of the game. But the referee did not show a second yellow to the Real Madrid midfielder.

Los Rojiblancos are far from happy with the refereeing at Santiago Bernabeu and have released an official statement via their CEO, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, regarding their displeasure. The statement is as follows:

“With 0-1, in the 71st minute, playing the place for the Copa semifinals in their own stadium, leaving Real Madrid with 10 players is big words.

“Real Madrid is a club with a very strong environment, with many interests around it. They create such pressure that it’s normal to affect the people who must make decisions. They [referees] are aware of what awaits them if they made a mistake.”

Clearly, the accusation from Diego Simeone’s side goes far beyond the events of the derby and makes a contentious general statement about Real Madrid’s influence on matches.

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