Prior to kick-off at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, a group of Atletico Madrid fans could be seen chanting a racist song at Vinicius Junior. “You are a monkey, Vinicius, you are a monkey,” chanted a group of fans recorded by radio station Cope.
Pedro Bravo head of the Spanish Football Agents Association, sparked an uproar when he stated on Television that Vinicius needed to stop “acting the monkey” when celebrating goals.
Big names in Brazilian football expressed outrage over the remarks, calling them racist.
Bravo apologized, claiming that he didn’t mean for his use of a phrase to imply racism. The expression is frequently used to refer to “playing the fool” in Spain.
Vinicius Junior and Real Madrid published statements condemning the racism directed at the Brazilian forward earlier this week.
“What we have to do is not let Vinicius score a goal against us today,” said Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo on Sunday.
“If he does, then may he celebrate it in the correct way and with respect to all the fans.”
Real Madrid went on to defeat Atletico 2 – 1 with first-half goals from Rodrygo and Fede Valverde. A late Mario Hermoso goal turned to be a mere consolation as the defender later got sent off in injury time.