Vinicius Jr: Racist backlash hampers Real Madrid’s 2-1 derby win over Atletico Madrid


In a video posted on Twitter by Spanish radio station COPE, a large group of Atletico supporters outside the Atlético Metropolitano stadium can be heard chanting, “You’re a monkey, Vinícius, you’re a monkey.”

It comes just a day after Vinícius condemned what he called racist criticism of his dancing goal celebrations.

Appearing on Spanish television on Friday, Pedro Bravo – chief executive and president of the Spanish Agents’ Association – compared the Brazilian’s dance celebrations to the behavior of a monkey after the score, arguing that the striker was disrespecting his opponents and “should have”. stop playing with the monkey.’

Bravo was accused by many of using racist language on social media and he has done so He has since apologized on Twitter.

“I want to clarify that the expression ‘playing with the monkey’ that I misused to describe Vinicius’ goal celebration dance was used metaphorically (‘to play the fool’),” Bravo wrote. “Since my intention was not to offend anyone, I sincerely apologize, I’m sorry.”

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Atlético did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment about the chanting outside the stadium, however he wrote on Twitter before the match: “Support Atleti with enthusiasm and respect for the opponent!”

Real opened the scoring with Rodrygo’s stunning half volley from a superb pass from Aurélien Tchouaméni, Vinícius joined Rodrygo in his dance celebration after scoring.

In the warm atmosphere, several Atlético supporters could be seen waving to the Brazilian couple in celebration.

Los Blancos doubled their lead when Vinícius’ goal-bound attempt deflected off the near post to Federico Valverde, who finished at a tight angle past a helpless Jan Oblak.

Mario Hermoso pulled a goal back late on, but it proved too little, too late as Real closed out the nervous affair to extend their perfect start to the season with six league wins.

After the match, Vinícius tweeted a picture of himself and Rodrygo dancing with the caption: “Dance wherever you want.