Real Madrid was crowned champion of LaLiga Santander last Saturday after beating Espanyol 4-0. During the celebrations, the Spanish media started a debate: Should Atlético de Madrid make the traditional corridor to the city’s eternal rival? Both clubs will meet on Sunday, May 8 at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
On the controversial issue, the ‘Colchoneros’ gave an official statement to the EFE agency. In that sense, the position of the white and red is clear and announced that they will not pay any kind of tribute to the “Whites” in their home. In fact, the club explained that, as time went by, that gesture of recognition for the monarch on duty has lost the spirit with which it was practiced in the past.
“Some want to convert what was born as a gesture of recognition to the champion into a public toll that his rivals must pay, also impregnated with the aroma of humiliation. Under no circumstances is Atlético de Madrid going to collaborate in this attempted mockery in which the true values of sport are completely forgotten and tension and confrontation between fans is encouraged “confirmed club sources, after assessments in this regard at different levels within the institution.
“We have been involved in several similar situations in recent years after winning different titles, including two Leagues, and on some occasions there was some kind of tribute from the rival team to our champion team and on others not, but no expectation was ever generated. nor a controversy as exaggerated and artificial as the one we are experiencing in recent weeks”they pointed.
They also remembered that Atlético was the champion of the League in 2020-21 and they wonder: “Does anyone remember any controversy about whether he should receive a hallway from his first rival after winning the title?”
“No, because there was no debate. In the first game of this season, Celta de Vigo decided not to make a corridor and it was the right decision, because they are gestures that must be made to be applauded by the public and therefore it makes perfect sense that they be made in front of the champion’s fans. The goal cannot be to create tension and make the atmosphere rarefied. We received the corridor in the first game we played as locals, by Elche. Naturally, gratefully and, obviously, without any demands”reviewed Atlético.
“Knowing how to lose is as important as knowing how to win. From Atleti we do not intend to impose anything on others. It is clear that we have another way of understanding life”concluded the rojiblanco club.