Spain Opens Probe Into Racist Chants About Vinicius Junior

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Following racist chants aimed at Real Madrid and Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior by Atletico Madrid fans during both teams last Sunday’s La Liga clash, Spanish prosecutors on Friday said they had opened an inquiry over the event.

The investigation was opened as a result of a complaint by an anti-racism organisation over the chanting which erupted from a group of Atletico fans at their Wanda Metropolitano stadium before and during Sunday’s match.

“You are a monkey, Vinicius, you are a monkey,” they could be heard chanting in footage recorded by Cope radio as the Real Madrid coach arrived at the stadium.

Further chanting continued during the match, with Atletico fans throwing things, including lighters, at Vinicius Junior and his Brazilian compatriot Rodrygo as they celebrated a goal.

A statement said: “Madrid prosecutors have opened an investigation into the racist-tinged chanting which was heard both inside and outside Atletico Madrid’s stadium against a Real Madrid player during their match on Sunday 18 September. Prosecutors have asked the police to analyse the recordings of these incidents in order to identify the people who uttered these racist insults in order to see if they had any ties with violent or extremist groups”.

The incident drew sharp condemnation from Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who on criticised Atletico for not taking a stand against the racist chants from their supporters.

Source: SuperSports