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Spain PM condemns Atletico over Vinicius racism incident

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez condemned Atletico Madrid, Tuesday, for not taking a stand against the racist chants unleashed by his fans against Real Madrid’s winger Vinicius Junior.

The club later issued a statement saying the violations were “unacceptable” and that they would not stop until the perpetrators were found and banned.

“You’re a monkey, Vinicius, you’re a monkey,” some sections of the crowd chanted before and during Real Madrid’s 2-1 win at Atletico Metropolitano on Sunday, while missiles including lighters were thrown at him and fellow Brazilian Rodrygo. Celebrated a goal.

“I am a huge supporter of Atletico Madrid, so I was very sad,” Sanchez told Politico while attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

“I was expecting a strong message from the clubs against this kind of behaviour, that’s what I would ask of my team. I think it’s important for football clubs to take this kind of behavior seriously and respond.”

La Liga will report the events to the Spanish Football Federation’s disciplinary committee, but Atletico did not comment until Tuesday afternoon.

“Atletico Madrid condemns the unacceptable chants sung by a few fans outside the stadium before the derby,” the club said.

“Few cannot tarnish the image of the thousands and thousands of Atletico fans who support their team with passion and respect for their opponent.”

“The pain that the Rogblanco family is feeling at what happened is immense. We cannot allow our fan base to be associated with this kind of behavior and question our values ​​because of a minority that does not represent us.

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“Our decision is firm and clear, and we will not stop until they are expelled from the Rogblanko family, because they cannot be part of it.”

The storm broke out after Pedro Bravo, president of the Spanish Football Agents Association, said on television that Vinicius needed to stop ‘acting ape’ when dancing to celebrate goals.

Bravo apologized, saying he was using a phrase that was not intended to have racist connotations. This phrase is commonly used in Spain to mean “play the fool”.

Madrid Mayor Jose Luis Martinez Almeida, another Atlético fan, also criticized those chanting.

“They have no place, not just in a sporting event but in any area of ​​life,” Martinez told Almeida.

“I think what we have to do is identify these people because I don’t think they deserve to come. It is absolutely reprehensible and should be condemned.

“I say this as the mayor of Madrid and also as an Atlético fan. I am ashamed that there are Atletico fans who are able to utter this kind of racist insult.”

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