“De Paul abuser meets justice as racist kicked to the curb – Have we really come this far?”

The RCDE Stadium was the scene of a disturbing incident during the incredible match between Espanyol and Atletico Madrid. A fan, who clearly didn’t get the memo following the Vinicius Jr controversy, hurled racist insults and gestures at Rodrigo de Paul, one of the Colchonero players. The Movistar cameras captured it all in their high-quality footage, providing a burst of perplexity. However, security personnel were quick to act, putting an end to the abusive actions and throwing the culprit out of the stadium without a moment’s hesitation. It’s clear that football has no room for racism, as the clubs and players have recently stressed following the Mestalla scandal. This incident demonstrates that the message is getting through and that consequences are being applied to violent and disruptive fans who try to overshadow the sport. Meanwhile, Espanyol pulled off an epic comeback from 0-3 down against Atletico Madrid, securing an incredible result that keeps them up next season. The spectacular clash was almost ruined by the racist abuse, but luckily, the actions of the security personnel ensured that the game could continue without further incident in English.

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