Atletico Madrid fans accused of hurling vile racial abuse at United supporters during Champions League defeat

Atletico Madrid followers have been accused of vile racism within the stands throughout their Champions League defeat of Manchester United at Previous Trafford.

A United fan shared video footage he filmed with the Manchester Night Information.

He mentioned the footage clearly confirmed a Madrid fan directing a ‘monkey gesture’ in direction of residence supporters sat subsequent to them within the stadium’s South Stand on Tuesday night time.

The United fan, a 35-year-old from Bolton, additionally claimed Atletico supporters chanted Hitler slogans and made neo-Nazi salutes. Stewards at Previous Trafford, he mentioned, had been alerted by United followers on the time and proven video footage and pictures different supporters had captured.

“It was horrible and shocking,” he mentioned. “When you see it for yourself you realise that this is real and it is worse than ever. It was just disgusting.

“You possibly can solely hope that extra motion might be taken. Racism is without doubt one of the largest points in soccer and it appears prefer it’s not going away. It was horrific and youngsters had been there.

“The Atletico fans were pretending to peel bananas and eat them in front of black United fans and fans of different ethnicities.”

Better Manchester Police, in the meantime, have confirmed officers made one arrest, adopted by a second arrest at a close-by Metrolink station after the sport.

An Atletico Madrid fan at Previous Trafford

Atletico Madrid gained the sport 1-0 to dump United out of this 12 months’s competitors 2-1 on combination and consign the membership to a fifth trophyless season. The Spanish facet’s gamers had been roundly booed earlier than kick-off as they did not take the knee – a symbolic and united assertion towards racism.

The United fan, who the M.E.N. has agreed to not establish, was on the recreation with a good friend and mentioned racist chants and abuse occurred all through the sport. “I was sat next to all the away fans,” he mentioned.

“You sort of think these days are over, bit it is clear they are not. It was really bad and to be honest, quite unbelievable. It was going on throughout the game and it seemed to be different Atletico Madrid fans.

“They had been doing monkey noises and utilizing and shouting neo-Nazi phrases. It simply beggars perception.

“It was different people – they would come over to the United fans, hurl racist abuse then disappear back into the rest of the supporters. They were so many of them that were doing it. There were a lot of Nazi salutes and neo-Nazi abuse.

Atletico Madrid rejoice in entrance of their followers

“It was horrible and it was shocking and a few of the United fans caught them on camera. The stewards were alerted to the situation, but nothing seemed to happen. I am not sure what the stewards did but I would imagine they would have informed the police.

“I used to be about to face up and and present the stewards the footage I recorded however another person beat me to it. Individuals had been exhibiting the stewards the footage that they had filmed.”

The fan said he was more than happy to share the footage with police and any other relevant authorities.

A spokesperson for Manchester United said: “The membership are conscious of the incident and at the moment are supporting the police with their investigation.

“Manchester United has zero tolerance of any form of racism or discrimination and will continue to take strong action against anyone who we identify has engaged in racist or discriminatory abuse, at our matches or online.”

In a press release, GMP mentioned: “We arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence. He remains in custody.

“A person was additionally arrested on the Metrolink on suspicion of assaulting workers and possession of medication.

“He’s been released under investigation.” The second arrest got here after the match, the power confirmed. No additional particulars had been accessible.

The Manchester Night Information has contacted Atletico Madrid for remark.

After drawing 1-1 within the first away leg, Renan Lodi’s forty first minute header led to United’s Champions League exit on the last-16 stage. Missiles had been hurled from United followers at Atletico Madrid supervisor Diego Simeone and the Slovenian referee as they approached the tunnel after the ultimate whistle, with the membership believed to be reviewing CCTV in consequence.

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