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Atletico, La Liga condemn racial abuse

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Real Madrid extended their perfect start to the La Liga season when they beat city rivals Atletico at the Metropolitano, but racist chanting directed at Vinicius Jr outside the stadium marred the derby.

Atletico fans were filmed racially abusing Real’s Brazilian forward Vinicius ahead of Sunday’s game, which the visitors went on to win 2-1.

After the match, Atletico said on Twitter: “Support Atleti with passion and respect for opponents.”

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La Liga hit out at the racist chanting, with a statement reading: “We denounce all incidents inside and outside stadiums.

“We work with clubs to keep our football friendly and enjoyable. Hate speech has no place in La Liga and we always work with the clubs and the authorities to identify and bring to justice any such case.”

The incident follows comments from the head of the Spanish Football Agents Association, Pedro Bravo, who was criticised last week for saying Vinicius needed to stop “monkeying around” when celebrating goals, with a number of Brazilian footballers, including Neymar and Dani Alves, denouncing his remark as racist.

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Bravo said the comment was not intended to be interpreted as racist, and instead was just a common turn of phrase used in Spanish.

Vinicius and Real, however, both released statements condemning the racist abuse the player has suffered during his career. —Sky Sports

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