Atletico condemn hate speech after Vinicius Jr racially abused

Atletico Madrid have condemned hate speech after their followers had been filmed racially abusing Real Madrid’s Brazilian ahead Vinicius Jr exterior their Metropolitano Stadium forward of Sunday’s match.

The membership’s feedback, which had been echoed by LaLiga, come two days after a whole lot of Atletico supporters may very well be heard singing, “Vinicius, you’re a monkey, you might be monkey” in a video printed on social media by radio station Cope within the build-up to the Madrid derby, which Real gained 2-1.

Local media additionally reported that monkey noises and chants of “Vinicius, die” had been heard all through the sport.

“Atletico Madrid roundly condemns the inadmissible chants {that a} minority of followers made exterior the stadium earlier than the derby was held,” the membership mentioned in a press release on Tuesday.

“Racism is without doubt one of the largest scourges in our society and sadly the world of soccer and golf equipment are usually not free from its presence.

“Our membership has at all times been characterised by being an open and inclusive house for followers of various nationalities, cultures, races and social courses and some can not tarnish the picture of hundreds and hundreds of followers who help their crew with ardour and with respect for the rival.”

Pele, Neymar and different main Brazilian figures leapt to the defence of 22-year-old Vinicius Jr on Friday after a panellist on a Spanish soccer present mentioned the Brazilian was not respecting his opponents together with his celebrations, evaluating his behaviour to that of a monkey — which instantly sparked a backlash on social media because it was construed as racist.

Vinicius Jr printed an emotional two-minute video assertion on Friday in response to what he referred to as a “xenophobic and racist” insult, saying he “gained’t cease dancing” and that “the happiness of a black Brazilian being profitable in Europe bothers” many individuals.

Real Madrid launched a press release supporting their participant and declaring they are going to take legal motion in opposition to the panellist.


Atletico Madrid mentioned they had been collaborating with the authorities to determine the abusers, who might be banned by the membership.

“These chants trigger us huge revulsion and indignation and we won’t enable any particular person to cover behind our colors to utter racist or xenophobic insults,” Atletico mentioned of their assertion.

“At Atletico we’ve zero tolerance in opposition to racism, our dedication to the battle in opposition to this social scourge is whole and we won’t cease till we get rid of it.

“For this we’ve contacted the authorities to supply them our most collaboration within the investigation of the occasions that occurred exterior the stadium and demand the identification of the individuals who participated in an effort to proceed with the speedy expulsion of those that are members of the membership.”

LaLiga’s assertion additionally condemned the abuse.

“Hate speech has no place in LaLiga and we at all times work with the golf equipment and the authorities to determine and convey to justice any such case,” LaLiga mentioned.

“We denounce all incidents inside and out of doors stadiums and work with golf equipment to maintain our soccer pleasant and pleasant.

“LaLiga at all times stories any incidents of hate speech or violence to the authorities and assists within the investigation. We will do the identical with what occurred on Sunday night time.”