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Diop: "Part of the Atleti support started doing monkey chants"

The player was involved in a confrontation after the final whistle. He said: "To take the heat out of the situation I started to dance, but I didn’t insult anyone."


Atlético Madrid’s defeat at the Ciutat de Valencia on Sunday ended in controversy at the final whistle, as Levante's Pape Diop responded to racist chants from the Rojiblanco support: “This has to be stopped now.”

The match finished with a corner for the home side and a confrontation between Diop and Diego Godín. The Levante man began to dance in front of a section of the 8,000 away fans and was jostled by the Atleti defender.

Diop explained: “It’s an issue that has affected me a lot. I went to take a corner and part of the Atlético support started doing monkey chants. To take the heat out of the situation, I started to dance, but I didn’t insult anyone.”

“I don’t have anything against the Atlético supporters,” he continued, “because it was only a section of their support that shouted at me. I think it’s disrespectful that it happens at all stadiums. It’s a provocation. I don’t know if it can be called racism, but the monkey chanting has to be stopped now.”

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