Four Atletico Madrid ultras have been charged for allegedly hanging an effigy of Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr from a bridge before the derby in January.
The four Atletico ultras are facing charges after hanging the effigy of Vinicius from a bridge near the Real training ground in January. A banner was also unfurled, reading “Madrid hates Real” before the two clubs met in the Copa del Rey.
The Madrid Public Prosecutors office is seeking four years in prison for each individual, who claim to be “ideologically identified with the extreme right”. Arrests were initially made in May, but they have now been charged with intimidation and ‘acting against fundamental rights and public freedoms.’
They insist that the hanging of the effigy was racially motivated, saying it was “an unmistakable sign of contempt and rejection of the victim’s skin colour and motivated by a desire to undermine his sense of wellbeing.”
Charges have been brought, so the case will be heard. Meanwhile, Vinicius will likely play for Real Madrid against Real Betis this weekend.