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Atletico Madrid, La Liga issue statement condemning hate actions against Vinicius Jr



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Earlier today, some Atletico Madrid fans made the headlines by hanging a mannequin donned in Vinicius Jr’s jersey with a banner that read “Madrid hates Real”.

The vile act came ahead of the derby between Real Madrid and Atletico in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey later today at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Condemning those acts from the fans, Los Rojiblancos have issued a statement that reads as follows (h/t EFE):

“We have always condemned and we condemn any type of violent expression that alters the healthy rivalry in the city. We are against any type of violence and insults.”

Immediately after, La Liga too have issued a statement on the subject, which says (h/t AS):

“La Liga strongly condemns the acts of hate & intimidation against Vinicius. The investigation of the facts will be urged in the search for the conviction of those responsible & we request the most severe criminal sanctions.”

This is a sad development that comes in the aftermath of the Real Madrid superstar being targeted by racial chants at away stadiums on several occasions already this season.

Indeed, Vinicius was the subject of racial abuse during the previous Madrid derby at the Civitas Metropolitano in the first half of the season.

More recently, the Brazilian international was also targeted by fans of Real Valladolid soon after the World Cup break and now some sections of Atletico Madrid fans have resorted to this vile behaviour on derby day.

Hopefully, the authorities act quickly and take strict measures against those involved in the incident. There is no place for this type of behaviour in football and actions need to be taken to root out this evil from the beautiful game.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid



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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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