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Official: Atletico Madrid issue statement over racist abuse against Vinicius Jr



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Following the unsavoury incident of Sunday at the Civitas Metropolitano, Atletico Madrid have issued an official statement condemning the act of racist abuse directed towards Real Madrid winger Vinicius Jr.

The 22-year-old winger was subjected to vile racist chants from a section of Los Rojiblancos’ supporters outside the stadium before kickoff and even during the derby at the Metropolitano.

There have been calls for a stadium ban to be handed to Atletico Madrid following the incident. While developments over any punishment are awaited, the club have now issued a statement condemning the section of fans who were involved in the act.

“Atlético de Madrid roundly condemns the inadmissible chants that a minority of fans made outside the stadium before the derby was held. Racism is one of the biggest scourges in our society and unfortunately the world of football and clubs are not free from its presence. 

“Our club has always been characterized by being an open and inclusive space for fans of different nationalities, cultures, races and social classes and a few cannot tarnish the image of thousands and thousands of athletes who support their team with passion and with respect for the rival.”

The Colchoneros also confirmed that they will co-operate with the authorities to identify the individuals who made the chants against Vinicius and will issue bans from the stadium to those involved.

“At Atlético de Madrid we have zero tolerance for racism, our commitment to the fight against this social scourge is total and we will not stop until we eliminate it.” 

“For this, we have contacted the authorities to offer them our maximum collaboration in the investigation of the events that occurred outside the stadium and demand the identification of the people who participated in order to proceed with the immediate expulsion of those who are members of the club.”

“Our decision is firm and resounding and we will not stop until we expel them from the red and white family because they cannot be part of it.”

The Spanish Prime Minister, who also is an Atletico Madrid supporter, has commented on the matter, stating that he hopes that proper action is taken against those involved in this vile behaviour.

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Atletico lash out at referee’s decision during Real Madrid clash: “They create such pressure”



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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.

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