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Real held, racism row hits again

Update : 05 May 2014, 06:42 PM

Real Madrid’s La Liga title hopes suffered a huge blow as they could only manage a 2-2 draw at home by Valencia on Sunday.

Earlier, leaders Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 defeat away Levante, in a game overshadowed by fresh claims of racism at a Spanish game, appeared to have given Real new life in their bid for a historic treble.

However, despite a stunning back-heeled injury time equaliser from Cristiano Ronaldo to rescue a point, Atletico now just need four points from their last two games to win La Liga for the first time in 18 years.

“It makes things more difficult, but I have always said this league will be decided in the last game,” said Real boss Carlo Ancelotti.

“It has been a difficult weekend for the three in front and the title race is more open than ever.”

Earlier, Atletico were beaten for the first time in 15 games in all competitions. But the match was overshadowed by more claims of racism in Spanish football as just a week after a banana was thrown at Barcelona full-back Dani Alves, Levante midfielder Pape Diop said he had been the subject of monkey chants from the Atletico fans.

Diop provoked outrage among the Atletico players by dancing in front of the disconsolate travelling fans at the final whistle.

However, the Senegalese said he was just responding to monkey chants aimed towards him as he took a corner deep into stoppage time.

“I went to take a corner and some of the Atletico fans began to make monkey chants. To play it down, I started to dance, but I didn’t insult anyone,” he said.

“I don’t have anything against the Atletico fans because it was only a section that shouted. It is a lack of respect that happens in all stadiums. I don’t know if you can call it racist, but the monkey chanting has to stop.”

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