News ID: 324215
Published: 0952 GMT September 19, 2022

Atletico fans filmed chanting racist abuse at Real's Vinicius

Atletico fans filmed chanting racist abuse at Real's Vinicius
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Vinicius Jr. (2nd R) celebrates after Real Madrid’s first goal during a 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid at the Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid, Spain, on September 18, 2022.

Atletico Madrid fans were filmed racially abusing Real Madrid's Brazilian forward Vinicius Jr. outside their Metropolitano Stadium ahead of the Madrid derby on Sunday.

Hundreds of Atletico supporters could be heard singing "Vinicius, you are a monkey, you are monkey" in a video published on social media by radio station Cope in the build up to the game that Real went on to win 2-1, Reuters reported.

Pedro Bravo, the head of the Spanish Football Agents Association, was criticised last week for saying Vinicius needed to stop "monkeying around" when celebrating goals, with a number of Brazilian footballers, including Neymar and Dani Alves, denouncing the comments as racist.

Bravo said that the comment was not intended to be interpreted as racist, and instead was just a common turn of phrase used in Spanish.

Vinicius and Real, however, both released statements condemning the racist abuse the player has suffered during in his career.

Vinicius and scorer Rodrygo celebrated Real's opening goal in the game by dancing in front of the Atletico fans as Real continued their perfect start to the season.

 

   
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