Atletico Madrid to Issue Lifetime Bans for Supporters Found Guilty of Racially Abusing Vinícius Júnior

Atletico Madrid to Issue Lifetime Bans for Supporters Found Guilty of Racially Abusing Vinícius Júnior

  • Atletico Madrid will issue lifetime bans to any fan found guilty of chanting racial abuse before the Madrid derby
  • Real Madrid's Vinícius Júnior has become the target of racist abuse because of his trademark dance celebrations
  • La Liga are investigating Atletico Madrid supporters, and even Spain's Prime Minister has weighed in on the issue

Atletico Madrid have promised to take swift action against those found guilty of racially abusing Real Madrid's Vinícius Júnior.

A section of Atleti fans targeted the Brazilian player, who chanted Vinícius is a monkey' before the Madrid derby the past weekend.

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Atletico Madrid fans who racially abused Vinícius Júnior before the Madrid derby will be banned by the club. Image: Shaun Botterill/ @PolySarkcess
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Footballers, coaches and even the Prime Minister of Spain condemned the events, leading Atletico also to promise to take action

As reported by Marca, Los Rojiblancos have said they will ban any members involved in the racist display outside the stadium. In a statement released by the club, Atletico said it was unacceptable and emphatically condemned the actions.

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"These chants cause us huge disgust and indignation and we will not allow any individual to hide behind our colours to utter racist or xenophobic insults. At Atletico Madrid we have zero tolerance for racism," the statement read.

The statement added that the club has always been an open and inclusive space for fans of different nationalities, cultures, races and social classes.

"We will not stop until we expel those involved from the Red and White family because they cannot be part of it," Atletico's statement concluded.

La Liga are also currently investigating the matter, and Spain's Secretary of State for Sport, Jose Manuel Franco, promised action will be taken against those found guilty.

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Spanish football has been plunged into the middle of a racism saga, and even the Prime Minister is weighing in on the matter.

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has commented on the racist chants directed at Vinícius Júnior and urged Atletico Madrid to take action.

Atletico's fans are at the centre of the saga after video footage of them racially abusing Vini Jr. Fans could be seen changing 'Vini is a monkey' before the Madrid derby on Sunday, Sportbible reported.