Atletico Madrid have defined why they won’t give Actual Madrid a guard of honour on Sunday night.
Atletico had been, in fact, dethroned as La Liga champions lately when Actual Madrid smashed Espanyol 4-0 to safe a record-breaking 35th-league title.
The Spanish powerhouse have gained 9 extra titles than any membership, with FC Barcelona having secured 26 and Atletico 11.
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And now, after clinching their newest crown, it was anticipated that Madrid would obtain a guard of honour from Atletico as it’s Los Blancos’ first league sport since turning into La Liga champions.
Nevertheless, Diego Simeone’s aspect have defined why that won’t be occurring in an official assertion:
“Some folks need to flip what started as a gesture of recognition for the champions right into a public toll that their rivals should pay, imbued with the scent of humiliation,” the membership assertion reads.
“Atletico Madrid will not at all collaborate on this try at ridicule during which the true values of sport are utterly forgotten and pressure and confrontation between followers are incited.”
Atletico additionally claimed that they’ve been unfairly criticised for his or her determination whereas citing Celta Vigo’s reluctance to clap their gamers onto the pitch following their 2020-21 La Liga success. “Atleti are the final league champions. Does anybody keep in mind any controversy about whether or not we must always obtain a guard of honour from our first opponents after profitable the title? No, as a result of there was no debate,” the membership added.
“Within the first match of this season, Celta Vigo determined to not give a guard of honour and it was the suitable determination, as a result of they’re gestures that needs to be carried out to be applauded by the house crowd… We acquired the guard of honour within the first sport we performed at residence, from Elche. Naturally, gratefully and, clearly, with none calls for.”
However while it’s the guard of honour that’s little doubt set to be the main focus heading into the sport, Atletico nonetheless have the small matter of securing a top-four spot to take care of.
Simeone and co. are at the moment 4th in La Liga, however Actual Betis are solely two factors behind them with three video games left to play.