Atletico Madrid, LaLiga condemn 'repugnant' abuse after Vinicuis doll hung from bridge
Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior has once again been a target of abuse by Atletico Madrid fans ahead of Thursday's derby.
Pictures spread on social media showed a mannequin ofVinicius Jr
being hung from a bridge by a section of Atleti supporters. A banner reading "Madrid hates Real" was also displayed alongside the effigy of Vinicius.
star Vinicius was racially abused during Real's 2-1 win at Atletico's Wanda Metropolitano stadium in September. Real Madrid hostAtletico Madrid
in the Copa del Rey on Thursday.
Both Atletico and La Liga have released a statement and condemned this incident and have urged the authorities to bring justice against those responsible.
In a statement, Atletico said:
"Such acts are absolutely repugnant and inadmissible and shame society. Our condemnation of any act that attacks the dignity of persons or institutions is categorical and unreserved.
"The rivalry between the two clubs is the greatest, but so is respect. No individual, whatever their intentions or colours, can tarnish the coexistence between different supporters. It is everyone's responsibility to avoid this.
"We do not know the perpetrator or perpetrators of this despicable act, but their anonymity does not avoid their responsibility. We hope that the authorities succeed in clarifying what happened and that justice helps to banish this type of behaviour."
LaLiga has also called for criminal sanctions issued against guilty parties.
"We strongly condemn the acts of hatred directed towards Vinicius Junior. Intolerance and violence has no place in football,"
the statement read.
"As it has done before, La Liga will press for a full investigation in search of the facts and the conviction of those responsible, requesting the most severe criminal sanctions."
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