SportsAtletico Madrid Condemns Repugnant Racist Actions Against Real Madrid's Vinicius Jr.

Atletico Madrid Condemns Repugnant Racist Actions Against Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr.

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January 26, (THEWILL) – Atletico Madrid have strongly condemned the actions of some of its fans who hung a mannequin wearing the shirt of Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior from a bridge in Madrid.

The mannequin was accompanied with a red-and-white banner that read: “Madrid hates Real”. The incident comes ahead of the Copa del Rey quarter-final clash between the two city rivals on Thursday and follows racist abuse directed towards Vinicius during the last match between the teams.

In a statement, Atletico Madrid said: “Acts like this are absolutely repugnant and inadmissible and shame society. Our condemnation to any act that attacks the dignity of people or institutions is categorical and unreserved. The rivalry between the two clubs is at its maximum, but so is respect. No individual, whatever their intentions or colours, can stain the coexistence between different fans.”

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As THEWILL previously reported, Vinicius was subjected to racist abuse when Real last faced Atletico in September. A group of fans were filmed making racist chants before the game and there were reports of monkey noises when he touched the ball during the match. Vinicius has called for fans found guilty of racism to be handed lifetime bans and has also clashed with La Liga over their response.

Real Madrid has also released a statement condemning the racist act and expressing their support for Vinicius.

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