Atletico Madrid fans threw objects at Real Madrid duo Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo because the pair celebrated Los Blancos’ first goal of the sport within the Madrid derby on Sunday night. Much of the discourse before the match had centred around Vinicius’ dancing goal celebrations with a minority of Atletico fans racially abusing him with an offensive chant pre-match.
Vinicius’ celebration antics have made headlines this week after long-serving Atletico captain Koke called him out for dancing, suggesting there could be ‘trouble’ if he performed his trademark celebrations against his side. This didn’t deter the young Brazilian who celebrated his team’s first goal of their derby match against their fierce rivals by dancing with the goalscorer, fellow countryman Rodrygo.
The celebration appeared to rattle the Atletico fans who threw objects, including lighters and coins, on the players as they expressed themselves after scoring. It was only the newest example of Atletico fans shaming themselves within the fixture with a minority caught on camera racially abusing Vinicius ahead of the sport.
“You might be a monkey, Vinicius you’re a monkey,” was sung repeatedly outside the Wanda Metropolitano, promoting a response from their very own club who posted on Twitter to inform fans to ‘respect their rival’.
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This forced Real to substantiate they might look to take legal motion against anyone else who looked to racially abuse the 22-year-old in a bid to guard their player.
It read: “Real Madrid would love to precise its affection and support for Vinicius Junior, a player who regards football as an attitude towards life through joy, respect and sportsmanship. Football is probably the most global sport there may be and must be a model of values and coexistence.
“The club has directed its legal services to take legal motion against anyone who makes racist remarks towards our players.” The actions of the Atletico fans did impact Vinicius’ playing ability with the winger providing a implausible assist for Federico Valverde who doubled his side’s advantage, giving them a healthy 2-0 lead at half-time.