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Antoine Griezmann BOOED By Atletico Madrid Fans In Second Home Debut, It's Hard To Watch

Daniel Marland


Antoine Griezmann BOOED By Atletico Madrid Fans In Second Home Debut, It's Hard To Watch

Antoine Griezmann was booed by Atletico Madrid fans on his second home debut for the club and it's incredibly brutal to watch.

The France international returned to Atletico on deadline day following a two-year spell with Barcelona.

He made his second debut in away victory over Espanyol last weekend, but Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Porto was his first game back at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Fans are still upset at the way he left back in 2019 and they didn't hide their frustrations prior to kick-off.

From 0:50 in the video above, Griezmann's name is read out by the stadium announcer and met with massive jeers.

Every other player received a cheer from the home support and it isn't the fairytale return Griezmann had hoped for.

He was then booed after coming on as a second half substitute for Joao Felix.

Griezmann failed to help Atletico find a winner and they'd end up drawing the game 0-0.

He did have a chance right at the death before Chancel Mbemba hauled him down to receive a red card.

The 30-year-old initially left Atletico after his release clause of €120 million was triggered.

It then emerged Griezmann had agreed terms with Barcelona two months before the 18/19 season ended - when Atletico were title challengers until the end.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

This came a year after his famous 'The Decision' documentary in which he committed his future to the club.

Eduardo Fernandez, president of the Atletico de Madrid International Penas Union, told L'Equipe ahead of Wednesday's clash that Griezmann has a long way to go to win back fan support.

Per Tribal Football he explained: "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.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

"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. How? 'Or' What ? By sweating the jersey and scoring. 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."

Featured Image Credit: PA Images, @Alber_franco/Twitter & @carrusel/Twitter

Topics: Atletico Madrid, Antoine Griezmann, Champions League, Spain

Daniel Marland
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