It’s nearly a month to the day that Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final.
Yet the fallout continues as Atletico have decided to release a female player after she celebrated Real’s win.
Sara Ezquerro, who played for the female side’s B team, sparked controversy when she posted a picture of her and a former teammate celebrating Los Blancos’ shootout win against her employers.
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Fans called for action and they got their wish, Atleti releasing the goalkeeper after listening to her version of events.
What was she expecting? Fans would have been angry regardless of the team Atletico were facing, and the fact that she was cheering on a huge rival was always going to be tough to recover from.
It says as much about the rivalry that supporters ruthlessly abused a B team goalkeeper on social media. It’s not wrong to imagine that most fans had never even heard of Ezquerro before the photo appeared.
Ezquerro wrote on social media, per Sport: “Thanks for these years, I accept the decision.
“I hope time will put everybody in their place, we will meet again. I am appreciative of having helped to build this path together. I love you girls."
Real won their 11th European title thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s winning penalty, causing yet more heartache for Atleti at the hands of their rivals two years after their agonising loss in the 2014 Champions League final.
But with Antoine Griezmann signing a contract extension at the Vicente Calderon, there’s every chance Diego Simeone’s side will made another deep run in the tournament next season.
It brings to an end speculation that the French forward would leave the Spanish capital this summer.
“I’m very satisfied, very happy to keep belonging to this family and this project. I want to improve every year, and the club, the coaches and my team-mates can help me to reach this goal,” Griezmann said, per The Guardian.
“The club wants to keep the level as high as possible and we have to give everything to continue growing. I hope we can keep this way and continue with this progression.”
Atleti have proved a point
The 25-year-old scored 32 goals as Atleti pushed Barcelona and Real all the way in the title race.
Nico Gaitan and Diego Jota have already signed this summer and club’s sporting director, Jose Luis Caminero, knows that Atletico have issued a statement by managing to keep hold of their star man.
“He’s very beloved and appreciated by our coach and his team-mates, and admired by the fans, who will surely feeling very happy today with this announcement,” Caminero said. “The club has a solid intention of keeping all the key players and Antoine is one of them, so we must congratulate ourselves for this renewal.”