Atletico Madrid fans were filmed racially abusing Real Madrid’s Brazilian striker Vinicius Junior outside their Metropolitano stadium ahead of the Madrid derby on Sunday.
Hundreds of Atletico fans could be heard chanting ‘Vinicius, you’re a monkey, you’re a monkey’ in a video posted on social media by radio station Cope ahead of the match which Madrid won 2-1.
Local media also reported that monkey noises and chants of “Vinicius, die” were heard throughout the match.
Atletico did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but said on Twitter: “Support Atleti with passion and respect for your opponents.”
After the match, Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois told ESPN: “There is definitely no place for racism. It’s really sad that these chants are happening. Obviously it may be a minority of fans but it’s is a shame.
“You have to call it that, it’s a shame. I hope someone calls the police to find out who these people are, there are cameras everywhere. Some people just don’t understand what’s going on. they sing, that’s the problem Even for me, obviously there’s nothing racist calling me, but if you stand behind the goal and you hear what I hear in a game it’s not is not nice.
“There are children who are six, seven, eight, nine years old and their parents insult me in the worst possible way. What education is that for your children? I think that’s the major problem in the stadiums, because it’s like you come to a stadium and you can shout whatever you want without any consequences, and obviously if it’s racism and it comes through cameras or microphones OK, maybe you can do something about it, but otherwise people come to the stadium and they throw things, they shout disturbing things, and that’s the big problem.
“It’s a question of education, if I go with my children and they say a bad thing like that in a stadium, they are punished for a month. But here it seems to be normal. I don’t want to say here at Atletico Madrid, I mean all over the world in every stadium you go to as a rival, sometimes I’m shocked by what I see and hear behind my goal.
“It’s the children, it’s the parents next to the children and it’s a bad example, I hope that as a future, as a society, we can grow, because society is really getting worse and I I fear for my children and what kind of society we can live in if this continues.”
Pedro Bravo, the head of the Spanish Association of Football Agents, came under fire last week for saying Vinicius needed to stop ‘monkeying’ when celebrating goals, a number of Brazilian footballers including Neymar and Dani Alves, calling the comments racist.
Bravo said the comment was not intended to be construed as racist, but was simply a common turn of phrase used in Spanish.
Vinicius and Madrid, however, have both issued statements condemning the racist abuse the player has suffered during his career.
Vinicius and striker Rodrygo celebrated Real’s first goal of the game by dancing in front of Atletico fans as Madrid continued their perfect start to the season.
After the match, Vinicius tweeted a photo of him celebrating with his Seleçao teammate Rodrygo, writing, “Dance wherever you want.”
His international team-mate Gabriel Jesus said earlier on Sunday that his dance-like celebration for his goal in Arsenal’s win over Brentford in the Premier League was dedicated to his friend.