after racist insults towards Vinicius, the Spanish Prime Minister tackles the inaction of Atlético Madrid

Pedro Sanchez, the Spanish Prime Minister, expressed his annoyance with Atlético Madrid, which has remained silent since the racist insults launched by its supporters against Vinicius this Sunday.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Tuesday criticized Atlético Madrid, his heart club, for not having taken a stand against the racist chants of his supporters targeting the Brazilian winger of Real Madrid Vinicius Junior.

Atletico fans chanted 'You are a monkey, Vinicius, you are a monkey' before and during Real's 2-1 derby win over Atletico on Sunday at the Metropolitano stadium. Projectiles, including lighters, were also thrown at him and fellow Brazilian Rodrygo as they celebrated a goal. While La Liga have made it known that they will report the events to the Spanish Football Federation's Disciplinary Committee, Atlético Madrid have not made a public statement after the incidents.

"I was very sad“, admits Pedro Sanchez

"I am a big fan of Atlético Madrid, so I was very sad“, declared Pedro Sanchez to the Politico site while he was at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. "I expected a strong message from the clubs against this kind of behavior, that's what I'm going to ask my team (note: Atlético Madrid). I think it is important that football clubs take this kind of behavior seriously and react“, underlined the head of the Spanish government.

The mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martinez-Almeida, also a supporter of Colchoneros, also condemned the events. "I say this both as mayor of Madrid but also as a supporter. I am ashamed that there are Atlético supporters capable of uttering this type of racist insults", did he declare. "They have no place, not just at a sporting event but in any sphere of life“, added the city councilor.

The incidents at the Metropolitano stadium follow the controversy born of the comments of the players' agent Pedro Bravo. Last Thursday, during the Chiringuito Show, he said that Vinicius should stop "monkeyduring his goal celebrations. Bravo tried to apologize by claiming that he had used an expression which he said did not have a racist connotation, the term being commonly used in Spain to mean "Act like a fool".

The agent's comments sparked outrage, particularly in Brazil, with Pelé and Neymar supporting the player.

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