Atletico Madrid fans chant ‘Vinicius is a monkey’ and one is shockingly seen holding a racist doll wearing a Real Madrid kit ahead of derby… days after the Brazilian winger was told to ‘stop acting like a monkey’ by a Spanish agent
- Vinicius Jr was told to ‘stop acting like a monkey’ by Pedro Bravo on Spanish TV
- Atletico Madrid fans were filmed chanting the racist slur outside the ground
- Real Madrid had threatened legal action against those who abused their players
- Atletico released a tweet urging their supporters to show ‘respect’ to opponents
Atletico Madrid supporters chanted racist abuse about Real Madrid player Vinicius Jr as they entered the club’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Sunday night ahead of the city derby.
‘Vinicius is a monkey’ chanted a sizeable group of Atletico supporters as they waited to enter the stadium.
Meanwhile, a photograph circulating on social media appeared to show an Atletico Madrid supporter holding up a racist doll in reference to the Brazilian forward whom all around him were abusing.
The lamentable abuse reportedly continued inside the ground as Atletico Madrid supporters abused Rodrygo and Vinicius as they celebrated the former’s opening goal in the first half.
It was said on social media that the abuse was coming from a larger group of individuals than just the ultras.
Reports from inside the ground also suggested that a tannoy announcement was made in relation to the abuse being directed at the Brazilian forward, with the club having urged their supporters prior to the game on social media to not ‘disrespect’ opposition players.
A racist doll was held up by an Atletico Madrid fan outside the ground prior to the Madrid derby
Atletico Madrid supporters have been filmed chanting racist abuse against Vinicius Jr
It is unclear whether or not the Real Madrid players were aware of the scenes outside the stadium as the game kicked off, but they all looked determined to come away from their city rivals with the bragging rights.
The disgraceful scenes came two days after Real Madrid issued a statement condemning racist abuse aimed at the Brazilian.
The storm has been brewing all week.
Last weekend Vinicius was criticised for doing a dance after scoring against Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Racist abuse directed at Vinicius Jr. could be heard on footage from outside the ground
He responded by calling out members of the Mallorca bench for urging their players to kick him.
This opened a debate about whether it was disrespectful or not for a player to dance after scoring and then when the racists began to wade in.
There were comments on a late night Spanish football show from football agent Pedro Bravo that if Vinicius wanted to dance a samba when he scored he should return to Brazil.
He then said: ‘He should be respectful instead of acting like a monkey’.
Spanish agent Pedro Bravo told Vinicius Jr to ‘stop playing the monkey’ on El Chiringuito TV
Real Madrid responded with their statement, although they did not name the show where the comments were aired.
Carlo Ancelotti in his pre-derby press conference revealed the incident had not been discussed within the confines of the Real Madrid dressing room.
‘Firstly, I think it’s important to highlight that I don’t usually see this kind of racism in Spain. The club made a statement and Vinícius made a statement and I agree with those. He is doing well and working as hard as ever with the rest of the team,’ Ancelotti said.
‘This issue isn’t something we’ve discussed in our dressing room. We’ve been talking about football there. We haven’t discussed it because I think he already discussed it well in his statement,’ the Italian added.
Carlo Ancelotti said the incident involving Pedro Bravo likening Vinicius Jr. to a monkey had not been discussed in the Real Madrid dressing room
Atletico Madrid then unintentionally added to the tension ahead of the fixture. Team captain Koke was asked what would happen at the Metropolitano if Vinicius celebrated with a dance and he said: ‘there will be trouble’.
Real Madrid went into the derby having won all eight of their games in all competitions this season and knew they would go eight clear of their neighbours if they could win the game.
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid put out a tweet prior to the game urging supporters to support the club with ‘passion’ but to show ‘respect’ to their opponents.
‘Countdown to the derby. Support Atleti with passion and respect to the rival!’ the club wrote on social media.
Real Madrid extended their perfect start to the league season with a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Rodrygo and Fede Valverde. Mario Hermoso’s late goal had threatened to grab Atletico an unlikely point but his red card only a matter of minutes later extinguished any chance of that.
The Real Madrid star was criticised for his dancing celebration after scoring against Mallorca