ATLETICO MADRID star Joao Felix has clashed with a fan after being told to INJURE team-mate Antoine Griezmann.
A number of the club’s supporters remain unhappy with the 30-year-old’s arrival back at the Wanda Metropolitano on deadline day.
Joao Felix clashed with an Atletico Madrid fan after he was told to injure team-mate Antoine GriezmannCredit: Directo GOL
Felix told the support he should show more respect to Griezmann during the conversationCredit: Directo GOL
Griezmann left Atletico in 2019 to join rivals Barcelona, but he has returned to his former stomping ground on an initial loan deal.
The 2018 World Cup winner was jeered by supporters during their Champions League clash against Porto on Wednesday night.
And now one of the team’s fans have urged Felix to inflict damage on Griezmann as he left their training ground on Thursday.
Footage from El Golazo de Gol shows Felix speaking to one fan, with Felix then stating he should have more ‘respect’ for the ex-Real Sociedad star.
According to journalist Javi Gomez, the supporter said: “Joao, step on Griezmann, you have to injure him, it can’t be that he starts before you.”
To which Felix replied by saying: “You should have more respect for Griezmann.”
The individual then remarked: “Don’t forget to go for Griezmann’s shin, Joao.”
Atletico boss Diego Simeone has defended Griezmann following his return after his controversial departure.
He told Sport: “They (the media) are making a movie and a morbid situation that clearly gives us the importance of having recovered an extraordinary footballer like him and that we can enjoy.
“We hope that he gets better and can respond to the people that criticise him.
“He has a challenge to move forward and consequences for what happened in the past.”
Meanwhile, the president of one of Atletico’s supporters’ groups believes Griezmann has a long way to go before he wins back the fans.
Quoted by Tribal Footbal via L’Equipe, Eduardo Fernandez said: “A part of the public will whistle and insult him, that’s for sure.
“When his name is announced and as soon as he touches the ball. There is a disenchantment. Before, he was our idol. Now he’s just a player like any other.
“He doesn’t represent much anymore. His image has seriously deteriorated. We’re all still hurt by what he did. Time is going to see our pain heal. He will have to regain our trust and our love.
“It is up to him to be forgiven and to redeem himself. When he sets important goals, little by little things will get back to normal.
“Because he can once again become the great player he was, I am convinced.”