The club also referred to "the professionals who generated an artificial campaign during the week, lighting the fuse of controversy"
MADRID, 20 Sep. (EUROPA PRESS) -
Atlético de Madrid condemned on Tuesday the "unacceptable" chants of a "minority" of mattress fans who hurled racist insults at Vinícius Junior last Sunday in the vicinity of the stadium before the Madrid derby, for which it will offer its "maximum collaboration" to the authorities to investigate the facts, demand identification and expel "immediately" those who are members of the club.
"Atletico de Madrid strongly condemns the inadmissible chants that a minority of fans made outside the stadium. We have contacted the authorities to offer them our maximum collaboration in the investigation and demand the identification of the people who participated in order to proceed." to the immediate expulsion of those who are members of the club", explained the rojiblanco team in a statement after two days of what happened.
In this way, the mattress box recognized racism as one of the "greatest scourges" of society. "Unfortunately, the world of football and the clubs are not exempt from their presence. Our club has always been characterized as an open and inclusive space for fans of different nationalities, cultures, races and social classes and a few cannot tarnish the image of thousands and thousands of athletes who support their team with passion and with respect for the rival", he added.
Regarding the insults that were heard from part of the fans of the Brazilian winger of Real Madrid, where chants like 'Vinicius, you're a monkey' were sung, the club showed its "enormous rejection" and "indignation", so they do not go to allow "no individual" to hide behind their colors to utter racist or xenophobic insults.
"At Atlético de Madrid we have zero tolerance for racism, our commitment to the fight against this social scourge is total and we will not stop until we eliminate it. Making clear once again our strongest condemnation of these events, which do not have the strongest minimal justification, we believe that what has happened in the days prior to the derby is inadmissible", they indicated.
For this reason, the entity asked the fans for "sanity" and "rationality", although it also referred to professionals from different fields who "generated an artificial campaign during the week, lighting the fuse of controversy without measuring the impact of their actions and demonstrations ".
"The pain that the rojiblanca family feels for this event is enormous. We cannot allow someone to associate our fans with this type of behavior and question our values because of a minority that does not represent us. Our decision is firm and resounding and We will not stop until we expel them because they cannot be part of it," the statement concluded.