La Liga denounces alleged racist abuse of Vinicius Jr by Atletico Madrid fans


La Liga have reported alleged racist chanting directed towards Vinicius Junior outside Atletico Madrid’s stadium to the Madrid prosecutor’s office.

The chants took place ahead of Atletico’s Champions League last-16 clash against Italian club Inter Milan on Wednesday, with the home side progressing to the quarter-finals after a penalty shootout win.

Despite the racist chanting taking place ahead of a match under the jurisdiction of UEFA — European football’s governing body —La Liga has reported the incident to the Madrid police.

La Liga have told The Athletic that they are “committed to making football a hate-free space and will continue to relentlessly pursue any attitude of racism, homophobia, violence, hatred… whatever the competition.”

It is understood that UEFA will not have the jurisdiction to press any charges due to the incidents taking place outside the stadium and not in the stands.

“I hope you have already thought about their punishment,” Vinicius Jr tweeted on Thursday, tagging both UEFA and the Champions League.

The Madrid forward added: “It’s a sad reality that even happens in games in which I’m not present!”

Atletico have reiterated that they are opposed to all forms of racism and xenophobia, although they are unable to control the action of people outside of their facilities.

Hundreds of Atletico fans were filmed singing monkey chants ahead of a meeting between the sides in September 2022 at the Metropolitano, four months before the two clubs met again in the Copa del Rey.

Racist chants towards Vinicius Jr took place outside Atletico's stadium (Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)


Racist chants towards Vinicius Jr took place outside Atletico’s stadium (Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

Ahead of that January 2023 match, an effigy of Vinicius Jr was hung from a bridge near the Real Madrid training ground.

Atletico and La Liga both condemned the hanging of the Vinicius Jr mannequin in January, with Atletico labelling it “repugnant and inadmissible”. In December, four members of Frente Atletico — the radical group of Atletico fans — were charged over the incident.

La Liga is investigating after a video surfaced on social media of a child allegedly calling Vinicius Jr a monkey during Madrid’s draw at Valencia earlier this month.

The match was Vinicius Jr’s first at the Mestalla following Madrid’s game there in May 2023, when he was subjected to racist abuse from “hundreds of fans” before kick-off — according to a report from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) — as well as instances during the match.

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Valencia and La Liga under the spotlight as Vinicius Jr makes Mestalla return

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