It’s safe to say that the racist chants aimed at Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr by a number of Atletico Madrid fans were horrific, to say the least.
While a whole host of supporters were spotted hurling unspeakable abuse at the Brazilian international outside the stadium before the Madrid derby, the chants did not show any signs of quietening down during the clash.
Especially after Rodrygo’s opener, who celebrated alongside his fellow countryman by dancing at the Civitas Metropolitano, with a chunk of the hosts’ fanbase audibly being discriminatory towards Vinicius Jr in Sunday night’s game.
However, it has been revealed that such behaviour is set to be punished by the authorities.
As per the latest information provided by MARCA, La Liga are filing a written complaint with the Anti-Violence Commission against the racist chants directed towards Vinicius during Real Madrid’s 2-1 win against Diego Simeone’s men.
Further details suggest that the complaint is likely to be accepted, with a financial penalty set to be placed on Atletico Madrid.
Ultimately, it is rightly so that action is being taken against the Rojiblancos, considering a whole host of their support base embarrassed themselves with their disgraceful treatment of the winger.
However, it is worth questioning why a more significant penalty has not been placed against the section of fans that chose to racially abuse the 22-year-old.
There have been calls for a stadium ban so an example can be set to send a no-tolerance message towards racism in football matches. However, as things stand, that does not seem like a possibility, with Atletico likely to be hit with a fine for the actions of their fans.
While only time will tell whether further measures will be initiated, a positive first step in the right direction has been taken.
Atletico lash out at referee’s decision during Real Madrid clash: “They create such pressure”
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.