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LaLiga condemns racist abuse against Vinicius Jr after despicable ‘monkey’ chants by Atletico Madrid fans
LaLiga on Sunday denounced the racist abuse of Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr by Atletico Madrid fans.
The Brazilian forward was heard vile ‘monkey’ chants from Atletico supporters before and during the game – with one who also shockingly kept out a racist doll – ahead of Sunday’s Madrid derby, which lost 2-1 to Los Blancos. won.
And LaLiga, the top division in Spain whose president is Javier Tebas, has now spoken out against what they called “hate speech”, insisting that they work with police to bring the perpetrators to justice for their crimes.
LaLiga denounced Vinicius Jr.’s racist abuse on Sunday. of Real Madrid by fans of Atletico Madrid
Racist Abuse Against Vinicius Jr. could be heard on images from outside the ground
A LaLiga spokesperson said: “We condemn all incidents inside and outside stadiums. We work with clubs to keep our football friendly and enjoyable.
“Hate speech has no place in La Liga and we are always working with the clubs and authorities to identify and bring such cases to justice.”
After the game, 14-cap international Vinicius reveled in his side’s victory and posted lyrics to a song that Atletico mocked online.
Commenting on a fan saying ‘Perdiendo las finaleeeeees…’ (lost the final), Vinicius said: ‘Contra nuestro Real’ (to our Real) before adding a separate tweet ‘y todo sigue igual…’ (and everything stays the same).
A racist doll was held up by an Atletico fan outside the ground ahead of the Madrid derby
Atletico supporters were filmed making racist insults to Vinicius Jr . during the match
Real Madrid’s full chant is: ‘Los años of pasando, Y todo sigue igual, Perdiendo las finals, Contra nuestro Real, No importa lo que digan, Nunca lo olvidarán, Lloraron and Lisboa, Lloraron and Milan, Real Madrid, dale ! ‘
That translates into English as: ‘The years pass, and everything remains the same, losing the final, against our Real, whatever they say, they will never forget, they cried in Lisbon, they cried in Milan.’
Agent Pedro Bravo had caused huge controversy by accusing Vinicius of “playing the monkey” on Spanish TV for his dances to celebrate his goals. Bravo has since apologized for his comments on Twitter.
His tweet on Friday read: “I want to clarify that the expression ‘playing the monkey’ that I misused to qualify Vinicius’ goal celebration dance was done metaphorically (“doing stupid things”). Since it was not my intention to offend anyone, I offer my sincere apologies. Sorry!’
And LaLiga, the top division in Spain whose president is Javier Tebas (pictured), has condemned the hate speech and pledged to work with the police to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Vinicius danced with compatriot Rodrygo (left) after this Sunday gave Real the lead. Carlo Ancelotti’s squad won 2-1, with Fede Valverde scoring for Mario Hermoso’s consolation
Atletico defender Hermoso (third from left) was later sent off in a spirited and fiery Madrid derby
On the same day, Vinicius said in a statement: “Weeks ago, some people started criticizing my dancing. But the dancing isn’t just mine.
‘They belong to Ronaldinho, Neymar, [Lucas] paqueta, [Antoine] Griezmann, Joao Felix, Matheus Cunha… Brazilian funk and samba dancers, Latin reggaeton singers, black Americans. They are dances to celebrate the cultural diversity of the world.
“They say happiness bothers you. The happiness of a black Brazilian who is successful in Europe is much more disturbing. But my will to win, my smile and the sparkle in my eye are much bigger than that.’
Despite Atletico captain Koke adding fuel to the fire by saying Vinicius would be dancing at the Wanda Metropolitano, the 22-year-old danced with compatriot Rodrygo after the latter gave Real the lead in the first half.
Agent Pedro Bravo had told Vinicius Jr on El Chiringuito TV to ‘stop playing the monkey’
The Real Madrid star has been criticized for his dance party after he scored against Mallorca
Fede Valverde doubled the advantage before halftime, and although Atletico substitute Mario Hermoso – who was later sent off – pulled one, Carlo Ancelotti’s side held on to win and beat Barcelona at the top of the table.
Brazilian legend Pele and Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar are among those sending online messages of support to Vinicius.
Three-time World Cup winner Pele tweeted: ‘Football is joy. It’s a dance. It’s a real party. While racism still exists, we won’t let that stop us from smiling.’
Neymar wrote: ‘Dribbling, dance and be yourself! Happy as you are. Go for it my boy, next goal we dance.