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Who are the Atlético ultras who are Vini Jr

The Nazi gestures and racist chants directed at Real Madrid’s Brazilian Vinicius Júnior by Atletico Madrid followers don’t come as a lot of a shock when the origins of those actions are recognized. They began with the ‘ultras’ (violent followers) of an organized group referred to as Frente Atletico, recognized for a number of racist and Nazi demonstrations throughout Europe and protagonists of a number of episodes of violence since its creation in 1982.

Last Sunday (18th), on the day of the basic match between Atlético and Real Madrid for the Spanish championship, Atletico followers who had been singing and ingesting round the Cívicas Metropolitano stadium, referred to as Vinicius Junior a monkey with a racist chant – the younger Brazilian was the goal of a racist commented a businessman on a Spanish TV present.

As if the racist chants weren’t sufficient, Atletico’s ultras followers had been caught giving a Nazi salute to Vinicius Júnior and Rodrygo as they celebrated the opening purpose in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win.

But there are numerous Nazi and racist episodes that the followers in query accumulate all through their historical past. As just lately as April this yr, Spanish newspaper Marca printed a video wherein Atletico followers had been caught doing a Nazi salute throughout the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final towards Manchester City (extra on that under). UEFA fined the membership with the lack of 5,000 tickets for the second leg in Madrid.

Atletico even ‘received used’ to being fined by UEFA for the conduct of organized followers with racist demonstrations and violence on match days. A extra well-known instance was skilled by the Brazilian Roberto Carlos in 2005. Then the Brazilian heard chants of “olé, olé, olé, Roberto Carlos is a chimpanzee” from members of Frente Atlético at Real Madrid.

a battle adopted by dying

In 2014, a brawl between 180 Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruña followers earlier than a match between the groups at the Vicente Calderón, Atletico’s former stadium, resulted in the dying of a 43-year-old man, a La Coruña fan. According to the police, members of the organized groups of each groups: Frente Atlético and Los Riazor Blues, joined in the conflict.

The fan suffered a traumatic mind damage and cardiorespiratory arrest because of the blows he obtained, and was even thrown into the river subsequent to the stadium. In the hospital the place he was referred, hypothermia was additionally discovered.

After the incident, Atletico Madrid even expelled followers recognized in the brawl. According to the Spanish press, nonetheless, Frente Atlético followers nonetheless have entry to the stadium nowadays and also have a good relationship with the administration, which for undisclosed causes has but to repeat a few of the large European groups that managed to get banned outright. the ultras of their stadiums.

extra violence

In one other episode of many attributed to Frente Atlético, ‘extremely’ followers of the Madrid membership allegedly attacked Manchester United followers in a bar in the Spanish capital earlier than the first leg of final season’s Champions League spherical of 16 (see footage under). ).

How the controversy with Vini Jr. developed.

Vinicius Junior has been in the highlight in the Classics since the begin of the week. It all began with the remark of the Spaniard Koke, who mentioned that there could possibly be an issue if Vini danced in the home of Atletico. The matter then ended up on Spanish TV and businessman Pedro Bravo made a racist remark.

From there, the Brazilian stood up and reaffirmed his will and proper to bounce, receiving sturdy assist from varied soccer figures. After filming a video advising him to maintain dancing, Vini stored his promise on the pitch and did not cease dancing when Rodrygo opened the scoring – simply as the cameras caught the Nazi salute.

Rodrygo and Vinicius Júnior dance after Real’s purpose, followers caught up in Nazi gestures

Image: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

As Spanish journalist Iñaki Ângulo posted on his YouTube channel, Vinicius Júnior was even threatened by the workers of the Spanish TV program ‘El Chiringuito’ to not publish the video.

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