Two days after the racist chants chanted against Vinicius Jr by Atlético supporters before and during the madrid derby (Real victory, 2-1), the Colchoneros finally published a press release late Tuesday afternoon. Atlético de Madrid y “categorically condemns the inadmissible chants that a minority of supporters held outside the stadium before the derby took place”.
“We have zero tolerance for racism, our commitment to the fight against this social scourge is total and we will not stop until we have succeeded in eliminating itmanages the club. To this end, we have contacted the authorities to offer them our maximum collaboration in the investigation of the events that took place outside the stadium and to demand the identification of those who participated in order to be able to proceed with the immediate expulsion of those who are members of the club. »
Earlier in the day, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez regretted the lack of reaction from his favorite club. “I expected a strong message from the clubs against this kind of behaviorhe told the Politico site while he was at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. I think it is important that football clubs take this kind of behavior seriously and react. »
Atlético underlines "an artificial campaign" before the derby
In its press release, Atlético also wished to return to the origins of this surge of hatred. “We think what happened in the days leading up to the derby is unacceptable. Fans are urged to use common sense and rationality, yet professionals in different fields generated an artificial campaign during the week, lighting the fuse of controversy without measuring the impact of their actions. »
Last Thursday, during the program "El Chiringuito", players' agent Pedro Bravo said that Vinicius should stop playing "do the monkey" during his goal celebrations. These remarks, which, according to him, had no racist connotation - the term being commonly used in Spain to mean " Act like a fool " - had aroused indignation, particularly in Brazil. Pelé and Neymar had supported their compatriot on social networks with the hashtag #BailaViniJr (#DanseVini).