Real Madrid prodigy Vinicius Junior was handed his first taste of a Madrid derby at the weekend when the Real reserve team faced Atletico B.
However, it was Atleti captain Tachi who ended up getting a taste of Vinicius Junior, with the defender visibly attempting to bite the Brazilian striker’s head as the pair tangled on the floor during the match.
— Football Whispers (@FB_WHISPERS) 2 September 2018
Tachi was booked for his animalistic transgression, and Vinicius was left wondering exactly what he’d got himself in to. Still, the 18-year-old forward managed to score twice in a 2-2 draw.
Real now face a consecutive Madrid derby against local rivals Union Adarve this coming weekend, but the opposing team have gone out of their way to ensure that there will not be a repeat of the mental dental hostilities witnessed at the Cerro Del Espino stadium last Sunday.
Indeed, with tongues tucked firmly in cheeks, Union have announced that biting will be strictly prohibited when Real drop by this coming weekend…
⚽ Este domingo recibimos al @lafabricacrm ¡PARTIDAZO! pero las cosas claras…😬⛔
— Unión Adarve (@UnionAdarve) 3 September 2018
As for Tachi, he was left to lament his baffling conduct after the Real derby, insisting to MARCA that attempting to take chunks out of people’s scalps is not something young players are taught at Atleti’s academy.
It’s a reaction that came under the high pressure of the match. I’m not proud of what happened and it does not reflect anything about me as a player.
This action is not representative of anything instilled in us by the academy and I know it is not an example for people watching at home to follow.
It does not represent the way I play and it is a pity that this action has taken prominence and eclipsed a good game.
At the end of the game I spoke to Vinicius. We gave each other a hug and everything was left there.
Now I have to learn from this and move on.
Note to self: Do not bite the other boys. DO NOT BITE THE OTHER BOYS.