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Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior racially abused by Atletico fans ahead of derby

Vinicius Junior warms up for Real Madrid ahead of the derby against Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano.
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Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior has been targeted with sickening racist abuse by Atletico fans ahead of the Madrid derby in LaLiga at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The Brazilian hit back on Saturday after he was the subject of a racial slur made by one of the guests on Spanish sports show El Chiringuito earlier in the week.

The 22-year-old released a video in which he condemned racism and vowed to keep on dancing on the pitch, following a barrage of criticism for the way in which he celebrates his goals in the past week or so.

But outside the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday, a large number of Atletico fans could be heard directing racist abuse at the Brazilian, with chants of 'Vinicius is a monkey' ahead of the derby.

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Rodrygo opened the scoring in the derby after 18 minutes and the Brazilian forward celebrated by dancing alongside Vinicius in a show of solidarity with his friend and compatriot.

Earlier on Sunday, Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus celebrated his goal against Brentford by dancing like Vinicius and the Real Madrid forward has been backed by a number of high-profile Brazilians, including Pele and Neymar.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid have threatened legal action against anyone racially abusing Vinicius or any of their other players.

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Weekend editor

Ben Hayward is Weekend Editor for FourFourTwo. A European football writer with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa América - and has spent much of that time in Spain. He currently divides his time between Barcelona and London.