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 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