Atletico Madrid condemn racist chants against Vincenzo

Atletico Madrid condemn racist chants against Vincenzo

MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid on Tuesday condemned racist chants by some of its fans against Real Madrid forward Vincenzo Jr. and vowed to work with authorities to identify those responsible.

A group of Atletico fans outside the Metropolitano stadium chanted “Vencius, you are a monkey” ahead of Madrid’s 2-1 win in the city derby on Sunday. Atlético could face a metropolitan ban for several games depending on the outcome of the investigation.

“Our club has always been known to be an open and inclusive place for fans of different nationalities, cultures, races and social classes, and a few do not damage the image of the thousands and thousands of Atleti fans who support their team. Support with passion and respect for their opponents,” said the club.

“These slogans provoke extreme anger and rage,” Atletico added in a statement. “We will not allow any individual to cast insults of a racist or xenophobic nature behind our colours.”

The club condemned “unacceptable chants that minority fans made outside the stadium.” It vowed to immediately suspend any of its members who participated.

The Spanish league said “hate speech has no place in La Liga” and pledged to “work with the clubs and authorities to identify such cases and bring them to justice.” It plans to submit its official report to the Spanish federation, which will weigh disciplinary action against Atlético.

The derby was hit with controversy after Vincenzo’s dancing during the final goal celebrations was criticized by a guest on the popular sports show who used racist language. It prompted the 22-year-old forward, who is black, to make a strong statement against racism, saying he believed his actions on the pitch had been “criminalized” and that he was a black man in Europe. His success as a Brazilian man was “disappointing”. to some

After fellow Brazilian Rodrigo scored Madrid’s first goal on Sunday, he and Vincenzo did simba-like moves from the corner flags, fulfilling a promise to keep dancing despite the criticism.

Some Atlético fans threw things at them.

This was not the first time that Vencius had faced racism. It happened last year during the “clásico” against Barcelona at Camp Nou. There were also cases against other players, including Athletic Bilbao’s Anaki Williams.

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