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 made enquiries for 26-year-old Premier League defender
According to Diario AS, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs interested in the services of Caglar Soyuncu. It appears the Rojiblancos are determined to reinforce their options in the defensive unit, with the Leicester City star emerging as one of the options.
The report suggests Atletico have asked about Soyuncu’s environment over a potential move to the Civitas Metropolitano in the near future. The club’s sporting director Andrea Berta had met Mustaga Bogru, who was the former representative of the player.
Although Soyuncu’s environment has claimed that the two parties are closing in on a final agreement, Atletico have denied the reports. But they are actively trying to sign the defender in January or at the end of the season, when he will be a free agent.
Diego Simeone’s interest in signing a new defender stems from the uncertainty looming around the future of some of his central defenders, including Mario Hermoso and Felipe. Hence, Soyuncu has become a viable option to partner Stefan Savic at the Metropolitano.
The club from the capital are tilting towards the same operation they had for Reinildo, which is to sign the player on a cut-price fee in the winter window.
Following Atleti’s elimination from the UEFA Champions League, though, Los Colchoneros do not have much capital to splurge in the upcoming January transfer window. As such, they are favouring a move at the end of the season when Caglar Soyuncu would become a free agent.
Formerly of VfB Stuttgart, Soyuncu has featured in 125 competitive matches for Leicester City since joining the club in the summer of 2018. Atletico Madrid were one of the clubs who were interested in the defender, shortly before his move to King Power Stadium.
Although Simeone’s side were unable to sign the defender, they are in contention to snap up the Turkish international in the coming year, especially with the player himself more than keen on taking the next step in his career.