During last Sunday’s hard-fought Madrid Derby in which Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid emerged as 2-1 victors, tempers flared between both sides.
For starters, there were a number of Atletico Madrid fans, both before and during the match that were openly racist towards Vinicius Jr., in the aftermath of the controversy sparked by his tendency to dance during celebrations.
With this very issue igniting the animosity between both sides, it seemed like a whole host of the Atleti supporters were in violent spirits with their behaviour on the night.
So much so that it has been revealed in a report by AS that as many as 24 chants sung by the hosts have been denounced by La Liga, that have been deemed to be racist, xenophobic, violent and overall, just intolerant in sport.
It is also mentioned that the phrases will be investigated by the Anti-Violence Commission.
While some of these chants were solely aimed at Vinicius Jr., the others were focused on the home support expressing their animosity towards the away fans.
Standout examples of chants include statements such as “You are a mo**ey, Vinicius, you are a mo**ey!”, “Vinicius, die!” and “Come the plague, the madridista arrives with those horns that are obvious. The madridista, son of a bi**h, the Atletico Front enjoys it with his death, oe oe, oe!”.
While a majority of those singing these chants are reportedly from the Atletico Madrid supporters, it is also mentioned some Real Madrid fans also engaged in the stands.
The complaint to the Anti-Violence Commission from La Liga includes the chants both inside and outside the Civitas Metropolitano, as well as the throwing of objects on the pitch during the game.
Atletico Madrid have no intention of selling Manchester United target in January – Romano
Despite Jan Oblak’s form falling off a cliff last season, he arguably remains one of Atletico Madrid’s most important players.
Especially during a time when Atleti’s typically resilient defence has been faltering, the Slovenian shotstopper’s presence in the side is unquestionably vital.
However, Manchester United are reportedly attempting to prise away the 29-year-old from the Civitas Metropolitano. A new update from an ever-reliable source has revealed whether a move remains a possibility.
As per the latest information provided by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano on The United Stand, Atletico Madrid will do their best to keep Jan Oblak beyond the current season.
There is some uncertainty surrounding the contract situation of the 29-year-old Atletico Madrid. While it is rumoured that he signed a new deal with the club until 2028 in July, an official announcement is yet to be made.
And Romano insists that the deal is not yet signed and contract discussions with the Slovenian are still ongoing. He adds that Los Rojiblancos are ‘super happy’ with their goalkeeper and want to ensure that they keep him at the club.
But if a new deal is yet to be signed, Oblak’s previous contract stands to expire next year. It has given way to rumours of a Manchester United swoop for him as early as January.
Manchester United’s need for a brand-new goalkeeper remains one of the most talked about conversations in European football. Despite David De Gea’s incredible spell at the club, Erik ten Hag is known to want a goalkeeper that is comfortable with the ball at his feet.
With the Spanish international profiling in the mould of an orthodox number one, the Dutchman’s progressive system demands the presence of a modern goalkeeper, above everything else.
Considering de Gea’s inability to morph his game in order to fit the said style of play, and his current contract expiring in 2023, there have been talks of a new goalkeeper coming in, with a January move for Oblak being touted.
From Atletico Madrid’s perspective, though, as iterated earlier, they are happy with the 29-year-old and are working towards extending his contract at the earliest possible, with Romano adding that they will do their best to ensure that he stays put at the club.
After all, the experienced campaigner has been one of the best players in his position, since his arrival back in 2014. With Oblak also being the vice-captain of the club, it is unlikely that they will sanction such a senior player’s sale in 2023