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Spanish Prime Minister condemns racist abuse against Vinicius: “Very sad as an Atletico supporter”

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Speaking in an interview with POLITICO, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has condemned the act of racist abuse directed towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr by the fans of Atletico Madrid.

The situation was sparked by initial comments made by football agent Pedro Bravo towards Vinicius Jr, criticising the Brazilian’s post-goal dancing celebrations, which had racist connotations.

The 22-year-old received widespread support from the entire footballing community following that, but ahead of the derby, a section of Atletico Madrid supporters hurled racist chants at the Real Madrid forward outside the Civitas Metropolitano.

It did not stop at that as the chants even continued during the match inside the stadium as Los Rojiblancos targeted Vinicius.

Following the vile behaviour, Atletico Madrid released a statement condemning the act while La Liga have also started to take action as they are filing a complaint with the Anti-Violence Commission.

The racism storm has caught the eye of Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez as well, who happens to be an Atletico Madrid supporter.

“I’m a big supporter of Atletico Madrid, so I was very sad,” Sanchez said. “And I expected a strong message from the clubs against this kind of behaviour. This is what I will ask of my team.”

“I think it’s important that the soccer clubs take seriously this kind of behavior and react,” Sanchez added.

There have been calls for a stadium ban to be handed to Atletico Madrid following the unsavoury incidents on Sunday night. However, it is unlikely that such an action will be taken. The Rojiblancos could, however, be hit with a fine after the behaviour from their fans.

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Real Madrid forward’s contract extension is imminent

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If there’s one thing to note about Karim Benzema’s career trajectory, it is that he has only improved over time.

Just last season, the French international enjoyed his finest individual campaign till date, with 44 goals and 15 assists in all competitions.

However, a question mark lingers around the club captain’s future, with his current contract set to expire next summer. A new update has emerged around the Los Blancos legend’s contractual situation, which is set to put a smile on every Madridista’s face.

As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, Karim Benzema’s contract renewal with the European champions is imminent.

Despite turning 35 in December this year, the veteran remains in the conversation for being the best striker in the world, alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski.

So much so that the five-time Champions League winner is the favourite to win his first-ever Ballon d’Or later this year.

Whilst Benzema has suffered a knee injury this term, he has still managed to register three goals in five league starts.

With all signs pointing to the Los Merengues icon still being at the peak of his powers, it only makes sense why the club are intending on tying him down to a brand-new deal.

Alongside Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema has managed to form the deadliest forward duo in Europe since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. And considering Real Madrid’s aim to triumph on multiple fronts for the upcoming seasons, it is vital that the experienced goalscorer stays put at the club.

Despite the successful coup of Aurelien Tchouameni, handing Benzema a fresh contract may be the club’s signing of the season.

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