Sevilla player Puerta died in August 2007, days after suffering a heart attack when playing for the La Liga side. During Sevilla’s match on Sunday against Atletico, sections of the support at the Estadio Vicente Calderon were heard making derisory chants about Puerta, aimed at the Sevilla fans.
Alvaro Negredo was one of many to heavily criticise their actions, calling it: “lamentable, objectionable to get at a deceased person who has been on the football field. It is the worst, an insult, and should think whether they go for football, or to fight over there, that’s all they do.”
On Tuesday, Atletico released a statement condemning the chants and apologising for them.
“Atletico Madrid profoundly regrets the songs levelled against the figure of Antonio Puerta. Our club expresses its deep revulsion at such chants and apologises to the family of the late footballer, to Sevilla and to football in general.
“We at Atletico support respect in football and hope that this type of incident does not happen again in our stadium or any other field in the game.”