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LaLiga condemns racial slurs against Vinicius Jr after heinous ‘monkey’ chants by Atletico Madrid fans

LaLiga on Sunday denounced the racist abuse of Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr by Atletico Madrid fans.

The Brazilian striker was confronted with vile “monkey” chants before and during the game by Atletico supporters – one also shockingly holding up a racist doll off the field – ahead of Sunday’s Madrid derby, which the Los Blancos are set to feature won 2-1.

And LaLiga, the top flight in Spain of which Javier Tebas is president, has now spoken out against what they called “hate speech”, insisting they will work with the police to bring perpetrators to justice for their crimes place.

A LaLiga spokesman said: “We condemn all incidents inside and outside the stadiums. We work with clubs to make our football friendly and enjoyable.

“Hate speech has no place in La Liga and we always work with clubs and the authorities to identify such a case and take it to court.”

After the game, international Vinicius, 14, hailed his side’s victory and posted lyrics to a chant mocking Atletico on the internet.

In response to a fan who tweeted ‘Perdiendo las finaaleeeeeees…’ (final loss), Vinicius said ‘Contra nuestro Real’ (against our Real) before adding ‘y todo sigue igual…’ in a separate tweet (and everything stays the same).

Real Madrid’s full chant reads: ‘The years go by and everything stays the same, losing the final, against our Real, no matter what they say, they will never forget, they cried in Lisbon, they cried in Milan, Real Madrid, come on! ‘

Translated into German, that means: “The years go by and everything stays the same, losing the final against our Real, no matter what they say, they will never forget, they cried in Lisbon, they cried in Milan.”

Agent Pedro Bravo had sparked massive controversy when he accused Vinicius of “playing the monkey” on Spanish television for dancing to celebrate his goals. Bravo has since apologized for his comments on Twitter.

His tweet on Friday read: “I want to clarify that the expression ‘playing the monkey’ that I misused to qualify Vinicius’ goal celebration dance was made metaphorical (‘doing stupid things’). Since I didn’t mean to offend anyone, I sincerely apologize. I am sorry!’

On the same day, Vinicius said in a statement: “Weeks ago, some people started criticizing my dancing. But dancing is not mine alone.

“They belong to Ronaldinho, Neymar, [Lucas] paqueta, [Antoine] Griezmann, Joao Felix, Matheus Cunha… Brazilian funk singers and samba dancers, Latin American reggaeton singers, black Americans. They are dances to celebrate the cultural diversity of the world.

“They say that happiness interferes. A black Brazilian’s luck to be successful in Europe is much more disturbing. But my will to win, my smile and the sparkle in my eyes are much greater.”

Although Atletico captain Koke added fuel to the fire by saying “There will be trouble” whenever Vinicius danced at the Wanda Metropolitano, the 22-year-old danced with compatriot Rodrygo after the latter put Real ahead in the first half.

Fede Valverde doubled the lead before half-time and despite Atlético substitute Mario Hermoso – who was later sent off – coming from behind, Carlo Ancelotti’s side held on to victory and overtook Barcelona at the top of the table.

Brazilian legend Pele and Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar send messages of support to Vinicius online.

Three-time world champion Pelé tweeted: “Football is joy. it’s a dance It’s a real party. While racism still exists, we won’t let that stop us from continuing to smile.”

Neymar wrote: “Dribble, dance and be you! Happy the way you are. Come on, my boy, let’s dance next destination.

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