Police identify five fans who aimed racist chants at Real star Vinicius Jr before the Madrid derby
Spanish police identify five fans who directed racist chants at Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr. before the Madrid derby – with THREE believed to be Atletico season ticket holders… as the club vow to permanently suspend them
- Vinicius Jr. was the victim of racist chants in the Madrid derby on Sunday
- Police have identified five Atletico Madrid fans responsible for the horrific chanting
- Atletico have confirmed that those responsible will be permanently suspended
- Fans were also pictured outside the stadium with a racist figure before the match
- It is suggested that there is a reluctance to make monkey singing punishable by law
- Radio station Cope reports that cases of racism have been closed without further action
Spanish police have identified five people responsible for racist chants directed at Vinicius ahead of Sunday night’s Madrid derby.
Three are believed to be season ticket holders from Atletico Madrid and the club have confirmed they will suspend them permanently.
Spain’s anti-violence committee spent Thursday reviewing the evidence sent to them by La Liga and has recommended that announcements be made in all stadiums in matches played immediately after the international football break.
They have also strongly urged clubs to arrest those responsible for racist abuse as soon as it occurs during a match without delay.
The seriousness with which the abuse directed at Vinicius is being taken has been welcomed, but a report on Spanish radio Cope on Thursday night suggested that a reluctance to categorize monkey chanting as racist abuse punishable under the law is holding back the fight for to create real change.
Cope reported that of the five cases recently brought before the prosecutor’s office, three have been closed without further action.
Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr. was subjected to racist abuse from Atletico Madrid fans on Sunday
Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil has condemned the chant against Real Madrid
Five Atletico fans responsible for racist chants against Vinicius have been identified by police
Inaki Williams was racially abused by spectators at a match at Espanyol’s RCDE stadium in January 2020 and it is being dealt with.
But other cases referred to the Attorney General have been thrown out. A case against a person who racially abused Athletic Bilbao winger Nico Williams was closed because police reviewed the perpetrator’s social media activity and concluded it was not racist, according to Cope.
A Spanish agent told Vinicius Jr. to ‘stop playing the monkey’ live on El Chringuito TV
Pedro Bravo – who is president of the Spanish Agents Association – made the comment
Another case involving abuse directed at Vinicius at the Camp Nou was closed because, despite La Liga sending photos and lip-reading evidence of racist abuse, local police were unable to identify the perpetrator.
And a third case, also involving Vinicius, who was abused away in Mallorca, was closed because the prosecutor did not consider the available evidence of monkey singing and the use of the insult: ‘go and pick bananas’ to be sufficient grounds to continue the criminal case.
The president of Spain’s national sports council, Jose Manuel Franco: said at Cope on Thursday: ‘Where the law does not reach, sport itself has to act to create justice.’
A racist doll was held up by an Atletico fan outside the ground ahead of the Madrid derby