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Atletico Madrid fans chant ‘Vinicius is a monkey’ ahead of Real Madrid game.

Atletico Madrid fans chanted racist abuse at Real Madrid player Vinicius Jr as they entered the club’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium ahead of the city derby on Sunday night.

“Vinicius is a monkey,” chanted a sizable group of Atletico supporters as they waited to enter the stadium.

Meanwhile, a photo circulating on social media appeared to show an Atletico Madrid supporter holding up a racist doll in reference to the Brazil striker, whom everyone around him was berating.

The deplorable abuse on the ground reportedly continued as Atletico Madrid supporters berated Rodrygo and Vinicius as they celebrated the former’s opening goal in the first half.

It was said on social media that the abuse came from a larger group of people than just the Ultras.

Reports from inside also suggested that a Tannoy announcement was made in connection with the abuse against the Brazilian forward, with the club urging their fans on social media before the game not to ‘respect’ opposing players.

It’s unclear whether or not the Real Madrid players were aware of the scenes outside the stadium early in the game, but they all seemed determined to break away from their city rivals with bragging rights.

The shameful scenes came two days after Real Madrid issued a statement condemning racial slurs against the Brazilian.

The storm is brewing all week.

Last weekend Vinicius was criticized for doing a dance after scoring against Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu.

He responded by calling members of the Mallorca bank because they had asked their players to kick him.

This sparked a debate about whether or not it was disrespectful for a player to dance after a goal and then when the racists started to invade.

There were comments from soccer agent Pedro Bravo on a late Spanish soccer show that Vinicius should return to Brazil if he wanted to dance a samba if he scored a goal.

Then he said: “He should be respectful instead of acting like a monkey”.

Real Madrid responded with their statement, although they didn’t name the program on which the comments were broadcast.

Carlo Ancelotti revealed in his pre-derby press conference that the incident had not been discussed in the Real Madrid dressing room.

“First of all, I think it’s important to emphasize 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 them. He’s fine and working as hard as ever with the rest of the team,” said Ancelotti.

“We didn’t discuss this issue in our dressing room. We talked about football there. We didn’t discuss it because I think he already discussed it well in his statement,” the Italian added.

Atletico Madrid then unintentionally increased the tension before the game. 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 after winning all eight games in all competitions this season and knew they would put themselves eight clear of their neighbors if they could win the game.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid released a tweet ahead of the game, urging fans to support the club with “passion” but show “respect” to their opponents.

“Countdown to the derby. Support Atleti with passion and respect for 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 threatened to secure an unlikely point for Atletico but his red card just minutes later ended any chance of it.

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