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May 13, 2011

Post updated with a stunning statement (in all bad ways) from one of Barcelona’s vice presidents.  Go read it and see how delusional he is.

Here it is, straight from UEFA’s web site:

“UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against FC Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, who is alleged to have violated Article 11 bis of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations by directing racist abuse towards a Real Madrid CF player in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg between the clubs on 27 April.

The proceedings have been launched on the basis of evidence provided by Real Madrid (video and statement of club and player). The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body will deal with the case on Sunday 15 May and its decision will be communicated to the club on Monday 16 May.”

Wow, UEFA never ceases to surprise me.  Opening this case AND working on a Sunday?

And for all those people who said it couldn’t be true because Marcelo didn’t come out and say anything – here you go.

Update: Barcelona says that what Busquets mouthed to Marcelo was “mucho morro,” which translates to “what nerve.”

Update II: Barcelona also sees a CONSPIRACY because the UEFA inspector that opened this case is the same one that proposed that Andrés Iniesta be sanctioned for forcing a yellow card.  Isn’t this the type of thing that Barcelona smirks at Mourinho for denouncing?  And yet here they are doing the same thing.  Barcelona’s spokesperson also said, “I hope that UEFA stays serious in this case and in the end rewards ‘the good ones.'”  Barcelona, once again reaffirming how humble they are.

Update III: One of Barcelona’s vice presidents, Josep María Bartomeu, said today on Spanish radio that his club “would never do what Real Madrid did,” with denouncing Sergio Busquets and trying to prevent him from playing in the final of the Champions League: “we would not do this.  We don’t do it and we won’t do it.  We respect what happens on the field and we won’t get involved with what happens on the field.  It appears that Madrid is not doing this and they are losing this señorío that the club has always had. I don’t want to talk about the issues of a club that is not mine, but I will just say that we would never do it because it appears to be an exaggeration to us.

I don’t understand why Busquets should miss out on the final.  That’s something that surprises us a lot.  The referee is the one who makes decisions on the field.  Depriving Busquets, who is having a sensational season, of the final seems very excessive to us and we’re very upset.  I don’t know what Señor Busquets said and what they were talking about, but they are things that happen all the time in football.  If we have to put a camera on each player to follow what they say or do, this will become a circus.  Football has triumphed, along with fair play…”

Let me list the problems I have with this statement.

One.  Barcelona would never denounce another player/team if they found one of their players to be the victim of racism from another player?  Please.  And don’t forget, they started the whole denouncing thing.

Two.  I’m pretty sure that Madrid’s intent is to denounce the racism, not to prevent Busquets from playing in the final of the Champions League.  Again, Barcelona is really paranoid, no?

Three.  So anything that happens on the field is okay, just because it happened on the field?  That’s funny, I seem to remember a lot of uproar over the hard fouls by Madrid’s players on Barcelona’s players.  But I guess they can be excused, because they happened on the field.

Four.  “I don’t want to talk about the issues of a club that is not mine” – too late.  Reminds one of Xavi, no?

Five.  He doesn’t know what Busquets said and he made this grand statement?  DOES IT EVEN MATTER TO BARCELONA WHAT BUSQUETS SAID?  It appears that it doesn’t even matter what he said – he could have been homophobic, sexist, racist, etc. and the club would still stand by him.

Six.  “They are things that happen all the time in football” – just because they happen all the time do not make them right!!!!

Seven.  “Football has triumphed, along with fair play” – shades of Xavi again.  What is with Barcelona’s obsession with this kind of statement?  Are they trying to convince themselves?  They seem a bit insecure to me…  And fair play?  Thanks for the laugh Bartomeu!

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102 Comments leave one →
  1. Samira permalink
    May 12, 2011 17:56

    Utterly shocked, but very pleased indeed. *grins happily* Let’s wait & see how the proceedings go. You never know, his punishment could be very mild. Wouldn’t surprise me whatsoever if that becomes the case. =]

  2. LaBlanca permalink
    May 12, 2011 17:59

    bah Busquets will say he meant Marcelo was cute and UEFA will drop it. Really I cant see them punish Barca. Well their second goalie, but what does that matter? They were quick with our punishments and it took them till now to even consider to decide about it?

    • May 12, 2011 18:07

      Yes, exactly to all your points. I don’t see them not allowing Busquets to play in the CL final.

      • Cosi permalink
        May 13, 2011 07:15

        Apparently the VP would agree with you both 😦 Your points about the Barca VP’s hypocritical statement hit the nail on the head, Una- 100% agree. NO words to describe. Everything, as in EVERYTHING the VP said just proved him to be a blatant hypocrite, and through him, Barca as well. I’m actually ashamed of the man for saying such things on the air on behalf of any football team. O Señor VP, you give more importance to your being ‘very upset’ about a player’s exclusion from a match than to the shame you have just brought on your team by belittling another player’s human dignity, treating a racial slur as though it were merely an inconvenient fly in your soup of bullsh*t.

        Mucho murro, Señor VP…

  3. May 12, 2011 17:59

    I am very, very, very glad that the racism has been tackled. What about the blatant cheating now?

  4. May 12, 2011 18:00

    Lets see, I won’t believe UEFA would do something right unless I see it happen.

  5. KDJ permalink
    May 12, 2011 18:06

    Finally!!!

  6. May 12, 2011 18:13

    Love the blog post title. And thank goodness someone’s finally addressing this!

  7. Dina permalink
    May 12, 2011 18:15

    They will never do ANYTHING to any single one of them…they’re just getting our hopes up by setting up a little theatrical play…

  8. zuneybunny permalink
    May 12, 2011 18:41

    Even though this is good news that they’re investigating this racism, I think it’s stupid. It makes it seem like UEFA is not playing favoritism by investigating him, but actually this allegation CANNOT POSSIBLY REPLACE the amount of cheating Barca commited and the unfairness given to RMCF by UEFA. And Busquet not even punished yet, just an allegation. In fact, UEFA actually HAS to open this investigation since a complaint is filed, it’s not as though they’re willing to punish Barca or anything.

    Compare to their free pass for Barca in the semi, this investigation is nothing.

  9. ana permalink
    May 12, 2011 18:55

    Well let’s hope that judgment will be sane too. Cause something tells me it won’t.

  10. cisarovna permalink
    May 12, 2011 18:55

    I bet they felt obligated to hear the allegation otherwise they are validating TSO’s allegations of double standards. They are just going to say inconclusive evidence and then punish Madrid for pointing the finger. It will be our fault some how.

  11. manie permalink
    May 12, 2011 18:56

    I am optimistic that UEFA working on a Sunday –> UEFA wants to get home ASAP –> standard punishment for Busquets.

    Maybe I’m too optimistic…?

  12. Pammie permalink
    May 12, 2011 19:01

    I’m pleasantly surprised, that UEFA decided to open a case about this! At least they do show that it is an issue they deal with (sometimes).

  13. sam permalink
    May 12, 2011 19:11

    I am SOOOO glad this wasn’t forgotten and that Madrid and Marcelo came forward. I look forward to Barca’s response and hope they live up to their mes que philosophy by acting with respect.

    I feel really bad for Marcelo, my guess is this kind of stuff (sadly) happens more often than we’d like to think but players can brush it off (although racist remarks are inexcusable) as part of the “mental game.” to have all this additional media scrutiny and pressure is awful.

    So proud of Marcelo and Madrid.

    • sam permalink
      May 13, 2011 07:02

      There goes my hopes for Barca acting with respect…

  14. Sanchez permalink
    May 12, 2011 19:54

    Least they opened something but that’s as far as my hope will take me, I doubt anything will be done about it anyways.

  15. amouria permalink
    May 12, 2011 20:47

    UEFA: ridiculous and shameful communique… They may however decide but to keep the punishment to be implemented during summer months…hahaha another gift to Barca…

  16. May 12, 2011 21:48

    I’m finding it hard to feel good about this because of how long it has taken uefa to react. (meanwhile, a sarcastic thumbs up? INSTANT 5 MATCH BAN. wait, what?) I imagine barca/busquets will only finally speak up/apologize/whatever if uefa hands out a fine or ban. so, double the disappointment. it’s not an apology if it’s forced. clearly, neither uefa nor barca care as much as they say they do about racism.
    such a joke.

  17. IsaBella permalink
    May 12, 2011 21:50

    I hope that it wasn’t pure formality and that UEFA will actually charge Busquets.

  18. Chloe permalink
    May 12, 2011 22:22

    Seriously if Busquets/Barca try and deny it, they are just being complete and utter COWARDS.

    and if UEFA are just opening this to seem unbiased then I will just-

    I mean, seriously what is the likelihood that Busquets covers his mouth just to say something that is other than derogatory and racist. You got caught by cameras for God’s sake. At least just do the smart and the right thing, apologise and teach the man a lesson.

    Blatant lies.
    And I seriously hope he doesn’t get to play in the final because he sure as hell doesn’t deserve it.

  19. evita permalink
    May 12, 2011 22:31

    Yeah I’m sure they did. Their asses got called all the way out. Let’s see if they actually give two shit, and do something. It’ll be interesting to see how far they take this.

    Like MLK Jr. said, ‘I have a dream’.

  20. Cosi permalink
    May 13, 2011 01:14

    Almost a month after the game was played is when uefa’s going to hear it? whereas they almost instantly banned Mourinho and slapped him with his punishment… What a JOKE, but I’m really really glad that they’re actually going to put up a front of addressing racism… as for punishing it, though? I totally agree with Sara- I’ll believe it when it happens!!

    Mucho morro, my arse!! ALMOST laughable……… THANKS UNA!!!

  21. Lola permalink
    May 13, 2011 01:44

    I might believe in UEFA again if this ends as it should on May 16th…
    I’ve no idea why Busquets would think it necessary to cover his mouth if he said “what nerve” and why it took Barcelona that long to clarify…
    What nerve, indeed!

  22. L-mi permalink
    May 13, 2011 02:00

    I really wonder it was a sane or just insane.

  23. superfan permalink
    May 13, 2011 03:27

    I’m just glad that UEFA is FINALLY taking serious action against this issue. They were just a tad bit late. But i guess this is better than ignoring it completely.

    As for Barcelona and Bartomeu’s statements, glad to see where their priorities lie. Seriously, this action of Busquets is not a joke and not a matter to be taken for granted.

    And Una, I seriously share the exacts sentiments with all the points you have listed above!!!!! Everything I’d say or comment about their statements, you’ve already written. 🙂 So I’m just going to quietly agree.

  24. Gina permalink
    May 13, 2011 03:34

    Agree with all your points about Bartomeu’s statement, Una! What he said makes me sick.

    And it wouldn’t surprise me if Busquets ends up unpunished. The lack of audio evidence remains a problem, and we know UEFA takes this matter oh so very seriously, is utterly unbiased etc.

    Couldn’t believe Barca could drop to an even lower level after what happened over the past few weeks, but it did.

  25. black widow permalink
    May 13, 2011 03:49

    why did it take them this long? i feel like they only decided to do something about it because of all the press coverage, not because it was the genuinely right thing to do. i doubt he’ll get more than a slap on the wrist, if that, as a token gesture.

    i can’t even begin to express my disgust at that statement, either. for a man whose club does anti-racism ads, whose players sport the word ‘respect’ on their sleeves and wear UNICEF on their chests and who write anti-racism clauses into their players’ contracts, the hypocrisy is absolutely mind-boggling.

  26. DebS permalink
    May 13, 2011 03:50

    So glad to hear that UEFA is at least attempting to save face. I have to believe that the video being shown world wide on the web had something to do with it because, honestly, if it was just Madrid saying it, I’m sure it wouldn’t be taken seriously. I also would like to believe that complaints from fans directly to UEFA might have influenced it somehow.

    I saw a very interesting blog from a cule about the whole incident. It’s a pretty good read from a cule who actually gets the severity of the issue.

    The Busquets allegations, aka “Mes que un what, exactly?” http://www.barcelonafootballblog.com/8834/busquets-allegations-aka-mes/

    As for the comments from Barca…this person’s a POS, which pretty much sums up their comment, imo. I still stick to my theory that Barca KNEW what Busquets said was as we believed. Considering how quickly they ran to UEFA after Mou “damaged their reputation”, they definitely would have ran just as quickly if this allegation wasn’t true. Apparently, they live in la la land if they don’t realize how their image has been damaged over this Busquets allegation and the way they’ve handled it.

    Regardless of what Busquets’ says he said, if Marcelo confirms that he heard “monkey”, how are they possibly going to take Busquets word over Marcelo? That’s somewhat of a rhetorical question because we all know that anything is possible with UEFA. I bet Barca has been working furiously to try and come up with an “explainable” alternative to what millions of others think he said. The phrase “mucho morro,” comes to mind. :p

  27. Cindy permalink
    May 13, 2011 04:46

    Speechless, I’m absolutly speechless..

    Update III: One of Barcelona’s vice presidents, Josep María Bartomeu, said today on Spanish radio that his club “would never do what Real Madrid did,” with denouncing Sergio Busquets and trying to prevent him from playing in the final of the Champions League: “we would not do this. We don’t do it and we won’t do it. We respect what happens on the field and we won’t get involved with what happens on the field. It appears that Madrid is not doing this and they are losing this señorío that the club has always had. I don’t want to talk about the issues of a club that is not mine, but I will just say that we would never do it because it appears to be an exaggeration to us.

    I don’t understand why Busquets should miss out on the final. That’s something that surprises us a lot. The referee is the one who makes decisions on the field. Depriving Busquets, who is having a sensational season, of the final seems very excessive to us and we’re very upset. I don’t know what Señor Busquets said and what they were talking about, but they are things that happen all the time in football. If we have to put a camera on each player to follow what they say or do, this will become a circus. Football has triumphed, along with fair play…”

    Is this man for real!!!

    Manchester United PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE win on May 28.

  28. JSM permalink
    May 13, 2011 05:18

    I’m really shoked… look at what the barcelona’s vice president said! wow!!
    its like they are saying ‘say YES to racism! because it happens all the time!’

  29. cisarovna permalink
    May 13, 2011 05:29

    Thank you so much for translating update 3. I saw this but wasn’t sure google translate correctly conveyed the message. I can honestly say that the computer did not manage to make him sound any more ridiculous even with the syntax errors. So stressful situations excuse racisim? In fact, since the stress of the pitch seems to excuse everything, so why card anyone for anything? It’s just the stress of the game, it’s not like they are professionals being paid millions of euros to play 90 minutes each week…. Oh wait…

    I have a lot of respect for Marcelo for not running to the media and flapping his gums on this. It would have been easy, plenty of reporters hanging around. It makes it seem like less of a character assassination, and more of a legitimate complaint.

    Also, I want to add that it is disgusting that any person in any kind of leadership position, particularly one with access to the media, would suggest that racism is acceptable in any situation or that complaints of racism are not appropriate in certain settings. It is always appropriate to speak up, turning a blind eye is like driving the get away car – maybe you didn’t take the money out of the safe, but in the law’s eyes you are just as guilty because you helped them get away with it. This guy is a total cule, and I mean ass!

  30. Emily permalink
    May 13, 2011 05:35

    Their complete oblivion to this whole thing is kind of making me sick.

  31. rmfan8 permalink
    May 13, 2011 05:48

    Wow just wow. I’m speechless at the lack of integrity exhibited by the vice president of Barcelona. Last time I checked, making racists comments was not considered a triumph of football. UGH. I hate this double standard. They think that they are the good guys and we are the villains. Hopefully UEFA sees the atrociousness and takes action. If Mourinho was sanctioned for implying that Barcelona was in alliance with UEFA, he gets a five match ban. But sadly, I do not think that anything remotely close will ever happen to Barcelona, despite their proclamation of Real Madrid being a part of a conspiracy.

    On a different note, thank you for providing us with such a wonderful blog. I am completely illiterate in Spanish but I love Madrid and you’re site is simply fabulous. Thanks so much for putting in the immense effort into letting us know what is going on. I simply can not thank you enough:).

  32. Ben permalink
    May 13, 2011 05:58

    O_O
    Miracles DO happen. And yes the fact that Busquets even gets a trial is a miracle in of itself. Another miracle needs to happen. And a few more to follow…

  33. May 13, 2011 06:04

    I used to have a decent level of respect for their club and their values but clearly they don’t know what their own values are. Their players make PSAs and wear badges calling for “RESPECT” and then the club turns around and makes these statements? No me jodan! SPECIALLY after incidents involving Alves, Abidal, Henry and Eto’o’s very bold “no más” cry during a match! It’s a disgrace and disrespectful to their own players who have suffered things like this from fans.

    • jellyace permalink
      May 13, 2011 20:19

      On Barca’s website, “UEFA and Barca say no to racism” dated 19 Oct 2010, it mentions activities during Champions League to highlight “the seriousness” of racism. This we know as the team photos with the “No to Racism” banner, the video messages from players. But the website also says:

      “The outcome of the project led members of the European Clubs Association to include anti-racist clauses in the contracts of their players.”

      Don’t know if this is only for newly signed players or if it applies to all players — including Busquets. I think Barca and UEFA need to prove to the world that they can “walk the talk” and put this anti-racist clause to the test. Otherwise it’s just toothless propaganda lip service!

      Here’s the link: http://www.fcbarcelona.com/web/english/noticies/club/temporada10-11/10/19/~n101019113508.html

  34. maddy permalink
    May 13, 2011 07:02

    all i can say is i hope they get murdered at wembley. someone needs to bring that club back to earth where the mere mortals are.

    • jellyace permalink
      May 13, 2011 20:22

      Hala Manchester United!!!

  35. Jennifer permalink
    May 13, 2011 08:49

    I… I don’t even have words for how ridiculous and OFFENSIVE this is.

    Also, anyone with a decent knowledge of Spanish and articulatory phonetics – or just basic lip-reading ability – should be able to tell you that Busquets didn’t say “mucho morro”. Not least because his lips never got anywhere near the proper position to form a “u” sound. It would’ve come out as “mocho”. He *could* have said “morro”, but it seems awfully unlikely, especially with all the mouth-covering, and the fact that it’s much easier to articulate a nasal consonant (n) than a trill (rr) while maintaining that nice round “o” vowel without changing the position of his lips. (Yes, I’ve given this a lot of thought. I’m still angry.)

    Wankers, the lot of them. Ugh.

    • ama permalink
      May 13, 2011 16:58

      Exactly!! I was complaining about this with a fellow linguist yesterday. (There is *no way* there was a [u] anywhere!) I thought the worst of this was going to be that Barcelona offered such a shoddy explanation, in order to perpetuate a lie about something like this, but now this horrible VP’s statement has made me furious. “I don’t know what Señor Busquets said and what they were talking about, but they are things that happen all the time in football.” 1) If you don’t know what he said, why are you talking about it?, and 2) THAT IS EXACTLY THE POINT. Things like this DO happen all the time, and in order to stop them, we have to talk about them, convince others that these things are absolutely wrong, and punish those who engage in them. Which is why it’s so sickening that a club like Barcelona, which champions “values” etc, could be so petty as to try to cover up this kind of foul incident.

  36. Vanessa permalink
    May 13, 2011 09:01

    I clapped after I read this, great job!

    I would be embarassed if I were a barcelona supporter. I’m most will not because just like their VP they will look at us and not their own actions, which brings me to my next point.

    Why focus on Real Madrid when YOUR player is the one saying racist things, a player who is from your youth team and should represent barcas “values”. Their statment of what Busquets really said was laughable! Every barcelona player sounds like a brainwashed egotistical manboy (not a man but too arrogant to be a boy). Repeating that you are the good ones, play fairly and define of football doesn’t make it true, it makes you delusional. Football fans, players, managers around the world know what football is and its not defined by Barcelona.

    I’m convinced that after they finish diving class they all gather around and chant “we are football, we are superior” over and over and over! So it makes sense that no matter what barcelona mouth is moving you get the same arrogant message. And end rant 🙂

  37. mar permalink
    May 13, 2011 09:10

    finally uefa decided sth right!
    but i have to admit i am tired of all this staf…enough! i can’t here anymore of that “more than a club” thing from all of them…they are not, they are just that with bad valious, as they have proved as all that past time…i’m tired of them trying to convince themshelfes and aourshelfes otherwise…

  38. Sanny permalink
    May 13, 2011 09:10

    How can a person state that they “don’t know what Señor Busquets said and what they were talking about” and then within the exact same sentence claim, “but they are things that happen all the time in football”. I thought he didn’t know what was said, yet somehow he knows it happens all the time in football? That is some impressive deductive prowess Mr Bartomeu’s got there; the ability to arrive at the conclusion about the frequent occurrence of…nothing. Must be a special skill only present in species with that much talked about “Barca DNA” . I’m not even going to bother to try and comprehend the rest of his ludicrous statement.

    The sad part is that I was one of those people who thought Barca needed to say something when the initial accusations of racism were made, but having heard what they’ve had to say on the issue (first Pep, and now this from Busquets and Barca higher-ups), I see I gave them too much credit. Quiet frankly, I preferred the silence, because while that was reprehensible as it did nothing to deter racism only enable it, at least it wasn’t also laced with this heavy dose of mind-numbing stupidity.

  39. Sanny permalink
    May 13, 2011 09:17

    Oh and Barca, if you can’t afford a conscience, buy a better PR department.

  40. Kirstin permalink
    May 13, 2011 09:34

    I do not understand why it took FCB so long to say that Sergio Busquets said “mucho morro.” FCB surely does have mucho morro to even defend this player. I mean, I understand if they “defend” Busquets but they have to apologize, rather than come clean. We’re not stupid, you know.

    And if UEFA opened a case for this racist act, can’t they also fine the club because their fans were also calling Ade and Marcelo monkeys? WE get fined for throwing trash and whatnot while they don’t? What the heck?!

    • May 13, 2011 13:13

      lol It took a lot of time until they could find a phrase or word that rhymes with ‘mono’ that could be used as an excuse for what Busquets did.

  41. rosie213 permalink
    May 13, 2011 09:38

    I have a serious question for you Una. Why did Madrid take so long to complain against Busquets? Why wasn’t immediate action taken? Racism is serious..it is a serious allegation which requires concrete proof and not a sketchy video which brings up doubts even its slowed or sped up. It’s one thing if fans act ignorant and make monkey chants but its even worse when a player does something so despicable so I will ask again, por que? Isn’t it ironic that the video appears not even a day after the match but it takes them 5 days to post the video on their website and make the allegation that Busquets called marcelo a mono.

    This is a case of Marcelo vs Busquets word. The video means nothing because you could hire an infinite amount of lip readers and you would get several different interpretations(depending on who contracted the lip reader). Busquets does not have to prove anything, it is Marcelo and Real Madrid that have to prove without a doubt that Busquets said what he claimed to have said.

    The latin legal principle of proof says this: Ei incumbit probatio, qui dicit, non qui negat; cum per rerum naturam factum negantis probatio nulla sit/The proof lies upon he who asserts, not upon he who denies; since, by the nature of things, he who denies a fact cannot produce any proof.

    Think about that long a hard people, before you start a witch hunt. Barcelona did not respond to these accusations because they were not accused in a proper forum, that is to say a complaint was not made to UEFA immediately nor was it brought to the attention of the ref/delegates, etc. Barcelona does not have to prove anything, it is now in the hands of the accusers to prove it happened. If this is found to be false, then what? Will Madrid apologize? I don’t think so. And what does that imply? That this was yet another “let’s taint barcelona’s name/image” campaign because instead of focusing on how to keep your manager in check and how to strengthen your team so that you can get something else besides a crushed King’s cup, you have your legal team looking for and creating bogus cases against the team you wish you could be like but never will be like. Now who is the classless club? Get over yourselves and go enjoy your Copa del Rey and stop raining on everyone’s parade.

    • May 13, 2011 11:02

      We don’t know when Madrid raised the complaint against Busquets. We don’t know when UEFA received the complaint. All we know is that they announced yesterday that they were opening a case. Perhaps they wanted time to gather all information from both sides to see if there was a case worth investigating before proceeding, because, as you said, racism is serious and they don’t want to launch – again in your words – a witch hunt. The same holds true for Madrid – perhaps they waited to speak/post a video about the incident until after they had spoken to Marcelo.

      If you say the video means nothing and it comes down to Marcelo’s word vs. Busquets’ word, then people have every right to believe Marcelo just as they have to believe Busquets.

      Marcelo and the club say that Busquets used a racially offensive term against him. Of course they have every right to be upset about this. I seriously doubt that their first thought is to taint Barcelona’s image instead of the racially offensive words (after all, Real Madrid is not obsessed with Barcelona like Barcelona is with them) directed at one of their players.

      Madrid has to get over itself? Which club is the one constantly going on about fair play and how football has triumphed?

      • maddy permalink
        May 13, 2011 12:13

        if i were one of barcelona’s directors, my first reaction would be to completely DENOUNCE such a racist act as say there was NO ROOM for such behaviour in the club. and then i would say if busquets is indeed guilty, he would welcome suspension because such an offence should not go unpunished.

        instead, what barcelona has done is

        1. ignored the allegation

        2. brushed over it as if it were nothing

        3. claim whatever that happens on the pitch should stay on the pitch

        4. come up with a ridiculous half-baked account of the events. mucho murro/vaya cara!

        if barcelona does beat man united, i really hope someone claims that ‘football has triumphed’. ah, that would be the day..

        • Cosi permalink
          May 13, 2011 17:53

          EXACTLY!!!!! completely agree. The refusal to simply re-affirm Barca’s commitment to eliminating racism just makes everything more disturbing, because they won’t even go near the possibility of Busquets saying a racial slur. Instead it’s all about how Madrid is SO dishonorable for bringing such a petty subject up and getting in their way of playing the beeeeautiful game, nevermind if racial slurs are thrown about on the field.

          And Rosie213, Una had made it very clear in former posts (back when the claims were filed) that Real Madrid wouldn’t even make such a serious allegation about racial abuse if they didn’t feel they had enough evidence to prove it. So, your oh so serious question could’ve been answered by actually reading the blog you’re trashing.

        • rosie213 permalink
          May 13, 2011 22:50

          Maybe you didn’t get my point. Why would you comment on an allegation that had not yet been turned into a formal complaint to the proper governing body? It has yet to be proven/official.

          We could go on and on but at the end of the day when Busquets is found innocent you guys will continue your crying tirades of UEFA is corrupt and everybody hates us.

          Just remember this UEFA and UNICEF didn’t score two goals at the Bernabeu and neither did the ref.

        • maddy permalink
          May 14, 2011 15:19

          “Just remember this UEFA and UNICEF didn’t score two goals at the Bernabeu and neither did the ref.”

          you obviously think having 10 men on the pitch = 11 men. pepe was the one person placed to mark messi. its debatable about whether messi would have or wouldnt have scored if pepe were still in the game, but messi scored twice in 10 minutes after pepe was sent off, compared to 0 in the 250+ minutes pepe was on the pitch.

          “Why would you comment on an allegation that had not yet been turned into a formal complaint to the proper governing body? It has yet to be proven/official. ”

          is barcelona’s VP’s COMMENT not in response to a charge by THE PROPER GOVERNING BODY, a charge which is now OFFICIAL. regardless of whether is it proven, this is an opportunity for barcelona to reaffirm their stance on racism, instead they say they’ll never report a racist incident on the pitch

      • Sara permalink
        May 13, 2011 13:21

        “after all, Real Madrid is not obsessed with Barcelona like Barcelona is with them”

        Well said, Una.

    • DebS permalink
      May 13, 2011 12:48

      let me guess…ur a cule? And probably one who’s never been racially discriminated against, right?

      Barca is embarrassing themselves. They don’t need any help from Madrid. The world is now beginning to see what a farce Barca’s “morals” & “values” are.

      Keep sticking your head in the sand. Then you won’t have to see millions of other people around the world have seen.

    • May 13, 2011 13:12

      To be frank, I think it’s disgusting that you’re laying the blame here on Marcelo as a victim and on Real Madrid as the legal entity representing him. If I remember correctly, pardon me if I’m wrong, they included the racism incident along with the rest of their complaints about the refereeing and everything else. It’s debatable that they should’ve separated this from the rest of the other complaints they filed but you can’t argue that they petitioned as quickly as possible. Karanka went so far as to mention it in his RDP before the second, as did Guardiola, who dismissed the entire thing by calling his team a team full of “exemplary” professionals.

    • May 13, 2011 13:17

      ALSO, think what you will of the club but I highly doubt that they and their legal team would go so far as to lodge such grave and serious complaints against Barcelona when it could blow up in their faces if they’re making things up. Their source of evidence isn’t just some random video but also the word of their player as well as opinions from professional lip-readers. It would be highly idiotic to think that this is some “complot” against Barcelona and attempt to simply have Busquets excluded from the final when anyone could see that their squad is deep enough to not be extremely negatively affected by his absence, should anything come out of the accusations. If this was some sort of conspiracy to leave you without an important player, we would have started a “witch hunt” against Messi not your diving, faking defensive mid.

      • Rave permalink
        May 13, 2011 17:48

        If I could buy your comments a drink — and I think we all need one — I would do it.

    • May 13, 2011 13:20

      Proven to be false? What do you think Marcelo is doing? Trolling around Busquets just for fun or jealousy? He is a famous player. He is not kidding with his image on an accusation like that.

      Apologize to Barcelona? Again, do you think Marcelo would taint his image, commit a felony and just blame Busquets out of nowhere??

      You, that claim to know so much about Latin principles, should also be familiar with the one called “Argumentum ad hominem” that’s when you try to blame the victim and put a doubt on his morals just to justify a felony.

      • Emily permalink
        May 13, 2011 21:52

        Well said about ‘Argumentum ad hominem’. We have shown the evidence, waited to get confirmation from the source, and now we are the ones who need to apologize? Marcelo deserves the same respect and fair treatment as Eto’o and Dani Alves. What he does not deserve is to get blamed for not airing all this immediately to the press and getting it even more sensationalized (which, if he had done, Barcelona would probably still have reported for daring to go against their blessed character).

    • May 13, 2011 15:02

      Troll – go get a life. And stop defending bigoted racist while you are at it.

    • asma permalink
      May 13, 2011 17:41

      I’m sorry to say, your comments were as delusional as your VP of Barca statements.

    • Emily permalink
      May 13, 2011 17:59

      “Barcelona did not respond to these accusations because they were not accused in a proper forum, that is to say a complaint was not made to UEFA immediately nor was it brought to the attention of the ref/delegates, etc. ”

      Yes, that’s true. But it’s interesting to note that while they don’t have to, offhand I know of 2 instances that Barça did respond to other’s statements in non “proper” forums:

      1) Zlatan and his agent calling Pep a philosopher and that he belonged in an asylum
      2) after Mou’s press conference after the 1st CL leg

      In the 2nd instance, UEFA had already launched an investigation into what Mou said. In the 1st instance, any reasonable person would just brush off whatever Zlatan was blabbing to the press to blow off steam.

      If Barça can respond to these statements, which can damage their reputation, then why not respond to allegations of racism by one of its players, which surely can damage a club’s reputation?

      It’s just not consistent, IMO.

    • kiki permalink
      May 13, 2011 17:59

      Oh Rosie, your butthurt is reverberating through the internets…..

      Everyone else has already made the pertinent points. We/You don’t know when the allegations were made. Most likely ,they were made quickly, but perhaps UEFA even held off in order to continue to benefit Barca in the semi’s & offer Real Madrid no relief when it was deserved – in their play against your club. It is not a “witch hunt” to investigate allegations and evidence which goes against the very stated/written “beliefs” of Barcelona Cf let alone human decency.

      You would be benefited by deep breathing, soul searching and attempting to see the information before you in a non-biased way.

      You just made yourself look like an ignorant, biased fool who is just too afraid to see the truth in front of your face. Chin up, be brave, the truth won’t hurt you. Facing truth by you and your club will be a challenge, but ultimately improve the situation for all. I hope that you will fing the courage to try.

      As a comfort to you; most likely UEFA will continue to coddle your club & they may just give Busquets a little “slap on the wrist” to save their face, because their bias was far too obvious in the semi’s. So if you don’t feel up to facing facts, hold on…there’s a good chance that you will be able to continue in your ignorant bliss, though that would truly be quite sad.

    • Emily permalink
      May 13, 2011 21:47

      The club hit out by saying one of their players had been hit by a racist insult in a press conference only one or two days later, if I’m remembering correctly. At that time, Pep Guardiola said that his player had ‘made a mistake’ but even though Barcelona are ‘more than a club’ and did a huge anti-racism campaign because of the injustices faced by Eto’o and Alves, the club could not punish him, it was up to Uefa to give the punishment. And now they are opening a case. Now, you complain of injustice, since someone dares to actually press charges. Barcelona are hardly above punishment, racism is something that should transcend club loyalties and get to a place where all that matters is human dignity. That is what Busquets besmirched, and I think it’s a whole hell of a lot more important than a besmirched reputation. Especially if Barcelona threw the mud on themselves.

  42. Ilse permalink
    May 13, 2011 09:46

    I doubt they will actually punish him. It’s just to show that they are not biased. UEFA has some repairing to do after accepting all of Barcelona’s complaints and none of Madrids. I was actually surprised that Barcelona responded that busquets said “mucho morro”, rahter than “que mono”. But hey, we’ll see, lets hope Busquets will get some punishment, even if it is too late for Madrid.

  43. evvl permalink
    May 13, 2011 10:01

    football has triumphed? rofl

  44. May 13, 2011 10:11

    Thanks for the update, you said it all Una. It really doesn’t matter what he said, all that matters is that he plays the final!
    And yes Barcelona are the humble club that plays the most beautiful and only good football in the world. They are an example of fair play too didn’t you know that? They would NEVER denounce another club if a player of that club racially abuses one of their own bla bla bla…

    • cisarovna permalink
      May 13, 2011 12:11

      Una got quoted by the Dirty Tackle! Una you better start charging translation fees or ask for a regular gig as a columnist!

    • May 13, 2011 15:02

      fall on the floor and cover his face – LOLOL!!

  45. ebrahim permalink
    May 13, 2011 11:31

    Hard work determination and above all humility. Values our captain has displayed while in germany. This is what makes madrid great, let’s not forget the values of madrisimo.

    The comments are unacceptable, its up to uefa to decide what to do. Madrid must mow focus on ronaldo breaking a sacred record and building towards next season.

  46. Gilly_B permalink
    May 13, 2011 11:49

    Barca need urgent PR help to advise when silence is best. They are on dangerous ground of undermining the goodwill their playing style and charity affiliations afford. From an international pov, this collective refusal to accept why the investigation is so important suggests the club doesnt have a real commitment to the anti-racism and respect campaigns.

    Shame barcelona snr execs couldnt be as subtle as Guardiola in addressing this (he said uefa wd decide/punish Busquets if found guilty)

  47. IsaBella permalink
    May 13, 2011 12:15

    Barca have lost all respect that I had for them after the first leg of the CL semis. I completely agree w/ what our Mou said: you don’t win with cheaters.

  48. May 13, 2011 13:08

    People need to understand that the fact Real Madrid took a little longer to fill the complain is pretty reasonable. The club probably only knew about this incident after that video came out because I don’t believe Marcelo would bring it up without any other evidences of what happened.

    We were living a Clasico’s week and if Marcelo even dared to speak out about this kind of incident only with his word, I am pretty sure all the culés would say he was lying. Even now, with all the proofs we have some culés are still trying to make up excuses for Busquets, saying that he didn’t say “mono”, but “mucho morro” or something like that.

    The video for me is crystal clear and proves he makes racists statements towards Marcelo, what is, for me, strange, when he has another black brazilian in his team too. I am sure he doesn’t do that to Daniel Alves, at least not in his face.

    The time it took to file the complain to Uefa DOESN’T, in any form, make Busquets’ acts less reprehensible, so this is not an excuse.

    One thing that bothers me is this covering, the way Barcelona handles the disciplinary problems of it’s players. When Sergio Ramos hit half of the culés at the first Clásico this season, you didn’t see Real Madrid apologizing for him neither Mourinho. He, himself, asked to apologize publicly.

    But Barcelona feels like they are the MASTER OF THE VALUES and their players are sacred and cannot do any wrong in this world, when we all know they are only immature brats, which happens in every team anyway. They should let them apologize for their acts and admit they were wrong and be punished like our EVIL Mourinho was. That’s for me it’s utter arrogance, my dear.

  49. Hazel permalink
    May 13, 2011 13:09

    My fellow cules might hate me for this… But it’s about damn time!!! It honestly looked like Busquets said mono mono, and not mucho morro. I cannot stand what he does. The diving and face clutching + peeking. Now, racism. It’s very shameful.

    • Rave permalink
      May 13, 2011 17:29

      I really hope your fellow Cules won’t react like that — and I don’t think they will. I feel like most of you guys, at least among my circle of friends, were as upset as we were if not more so. IMHO, it’s more important for you guys as fans to speak out against this than it is for us; after all, most Madridistas were never going to support the club, physically or financially, so it makes no difference to the people at the top. Any protest we mount/loss of respect we experience is pretty much symbolic. It’ll take people working within the institution to change their stance. So I really appreciate that you’re doing your part in that. 🙂

  50. manie permalink
    May 13, 2011 13:45

    This makes my blood boil. I highly doubt Real Madrid and/or Marcelo has incentive to lie about racism. It’s a sensitive and extremely important topic that transcends club rivalry. What makes me the most upset is that this could have been an excellent opportunity to clearly denounce racism, in case the players and coaches had any misgivings and fans making monkey noises and throwing bananas hadn’t heard.

    Thanks for the updates, your blog is amazing…and I still can’t believe it’s turned into this.

  51. Pammie permalink
    May 13, 2011 14:54

    wow Bartomeu, do you even realize what comes out of your mouth? I’m sure many culés are also highly embarrassed by what he said about this issue. This is a club which puts it into the player contracts that making racist remarks is considered a reason for ending the contract and makes anti racism PSAs and now he says they would never report it? What is wrong with you?!

    I’m over the whole CL semi finales disaster, but I’m definitely not over Busquets and his racial abuse.
    This has nothing to do with being a sore loser and wanting to rain on Barcelona’s parade, this goes beyond rooting for a team and I think most madridistas, neutrals and culés who got their head on the right way do see this.

    And how is fighting against racism hurting Madrid’s senorio? I don’t get it.

  52. maddy permalink
    May 13, 2011 15:40

    una, why are people saying arbeloa racially abused keita. did this happen?

    • May 13, 2011 16:42

      Allegedly during the halftime of the first leg game, before Pinto slapped Álvaro. I hadn’t heard anything about this before; it seems related to UEFA opening the investigation against Busquets.

      • Rave permalink
        May 13, 2011 17:24

        There’s exactly one source for this rumor: caughtoffside. Quote: “There is talk on the internet that the insult aimed at the Barcelona midfielder may have been a racist one and looking at the way the usually cool calm and collected Keita takes the abuse may support that claim.” The end. That’s it.

        It stems from the fact that there’s footage of Arbeloa saying something to Keita, who pushes him. In a game full of people shouting and pushing — including the “usually cool, calm and collected” Xabi, Carvalho, Puyol and Messi — Arbeloa shouts; Keita pushes; Arbeloa is white and Keita black. And I guess because Pinto choked Alvaro, it’s more palatable for some cules to believe that Alvaro must have deserved it.

        The whole thing is laughable and needs to be put to rest. And if any player DOES say something like this, including Arbeloa, he needs to be gone. I love this team, and it would be humiliating and painful for me to see that behavior excused.

      • jkjl permalink
        May 13, 2011 19:48

        Una, I did a pretty thorough search for the origin of that rumor, and the only thing I could find was this caught offsides post:
        http://www.caughtoffside.com/2011/04/28/what-did-alvaro-arbeloa-say-to-seydou-keita-video/

        The same author later posted again about “talk on the internet” that Alvaro said something racist, but of course he didn’t mention that HE was the only one doing all the talking!
        http://www.caughtoffside.com/2011/05/01/the-barcelona-real-madrid-racism-row-busquets-and-arbeloa-accused-video/

        He says, “looking at the way the usually cool calm and collected Keita takes the abuse may support that claim,” which is a pretty big leap — LOTS of cool and collected players lost their temper on that day; a certain classy player of ours was threatened with a card at the end of the game for berating the ref.

        When I did a search of news sources and reputable sports blogs, I couldn’t find a single mention of this rumor that didn’t start with this post. I think it’s clear you hadn’t heard anything about it, then — it’s something that only the most deluded Cule could believe.

      • DebS permalink
        May 14, 2011 06:39

        I just heard(read) about it in a comment by a poster to an article about the UEFA investigation of Busquets. The timing is so conspicuous as it wasn’t brought up until AFTER UEFA started investigating.

        Even IF it is true, that doesn’t excuse what Busquets did. IF it did happen, UEFA should investigate that as well. It’s not like there weren’t numerous people, including “neutrals”, around at the time of the alleged incident that could either confirm or deny that Arbeloa said anything.

  53. NickiBella permalink
    May 13, 2011 16:15

    Sorry but, they have to address and punish racism of any kind. These kinds of things only happen bc they are swept under the rug and that should not be. They are supposed to be professional athletes and anyone over 21 is an adult and you know better. No one should be allowed to attack someone verbally or physically. Football can be a beautiful game, but lately a lot of things are being dismissed or ignored. There have to be consequences for actions or else these types of things will continue.

  54. May 13, 2011 16:57

    The damage was already done the moment the situation occurred on the pitch, it was a disgrace itself. But Barcelona could have found a better and more men-like way to address it. They could have either immediately deny or could have immediately admitted it and apologise. What they are doing now is just so weird and not honourable at all, I cannot believe even. It will leave the bad taste in a mouth for a longer time, no matter what an outcome would be. They way they are handling this issue is almost as disgraceful as the issue (meaning the insult) itself.

    I really speak with no hatred, as I said many times – when Barcelona plays nicely they do play a wonderful football which is pleasant to watch. Also the game itself has nothing to do with how someone behaves. So I am not blaming the other players. It’s just the case of one Sergio Busquets and his bosses, who chose certain way of “dealing” with this case.

    Constant whining about how the football triumphed is as scandalous as is boring.

    I also do not like generally when people (I get a lot of that, I am a lawyer) try to avoid merithorical arguments, disussions on topic and throw too much of emotional stuff instead, which has nothing to do with the case. Why would it matter in this case that Busquets had a sensational season? Why it would matter that the “football triuphed”. Come one, get serious.

    • DebS permalink
      May 14, 2011 06:35

      “I also do not like generally when people (I get a lot of that, I am a lawyer) try to avoid merithorical arguments, disussions on topic and throw too much of emotional stuff instead, which has nothing to do with the case. Why would it matter in this case that Busquets had a sensational season? Why it would matter that the “football triuphed”. Come one, get serious.”

      exactly, it annoys me and I’m not a lawyer. When I read that, I’m thinking, “and…your point is….?”. It had nothing whatsoever to do with the racist comment nor the investigation. Argue the point and quit trying to deflect the issue by mentioning nonsense like this clown did.

  55. camille permalink
    May 13, 2011 18:31

    Ugh, this whole thing makes me blind with rage. It’s disturbing to me that a person’s Madrid hate overshadows basic human values like anti-racism. Bartomeu wouldn’t want Barca to complain in the event that a Barcelona player was racially abused one of theirs? What a terrible thing to say. That goes way beyond “Busquets is innocent!!” into the acceptance of racist abuse as a fact of life. He even goes so far as to equate unpunished racist behavior by players with the triumph of fair play. What a miserable person. (Not that I even believe his statement that they wouldn’t complain. Actually I hope they would do, because no one should have to suffer racism.)

    No, what makes me so crazy mad is that this is (SHOULD BE) a super-clear, super-simple situation. A rare situation where the right thing is both clear and easy to do. The only questions should be, was a racial slur used? and what should the punishment be? All this other stuff… Barca, I thought you all were better than this.

    • camille permalink
      May 13, 2011 18:54

      Look, really, this is not a Madrid vs Barca thing. There should be no gotcha time with accusations about the timing of the complaint (which as is noted above, when the complaint was submitted is unknown) and the impartiality of lip reading experts (UEFA could commission their own, independent lip readers anyway). This is a human rights issue. People deserve to be able to live and to do their jobs without being subject to racist abuse by anyone. It’s also about organization living up to their stated values, since both UEFA and FC Barcelona claim anti-racism as a core value and mission. You can’t be against racism, except for when the target is a jerk who we hate anyway.

      I personally expected Barca to handle it internally, or at least address it in some way. Well, I suppose Guardiola, the VP and the spokesman did address it by dismissing its importance. Disappointing, to say the least.

      (as a side note, I don’t know why you needed to bring the banter in at the end about the crushed king’s cup, speaking of the right way to act. That was pretty unnecessary to a discussion about the ramifications of accusations of racism. Do you have a chip on your shoulder or something? Maybe you haven’t noticed but your team is legendarily good and almost universally loved. Do me a personal favor and ease up.)

  56. kiki permalink
    May 13, 2011 18:46

    I find the statement by Barca VP to be the height of hypocrisy:

    “One of Barcelona’s vice presidents, Josep María Bartomeu, said today on Spanish radio that his club “would never do what Real Madrid did,” with denouncing Sergio Busquets and trying to prevent him from playing in the final of the Champions League: “we would not do this. We don’t do it and we won’t do it.”

    Seriously, both Barca & UEFA just finished doing this very thing. They prevented OUR MANAGER from being present in the return leg of the semi’s and for what reason? It still has not been revealed. We are not even allowed to know the charge. Perhaps for telling the official “good job” or believing he had the right to ATTEMPT TO BEAT BARCELONA.

    Losing our Manager, our ultimate leader, in the return leg is far more damaging than Barcelona potentially losing one of their midfielders in a final. The manager directs his entire side. DUH!?!?!!!

    Barcelona waged a claim against Mourinho, but lucky for them, the biased UEFA had the same claim, rejected Barca’s claim & invited them to join in on UEFA’s claim. What an out & out liar Bartomeu is, it’s truly shameful.

    I don’t know if Busquets has signed a new contract which contains the same anti-racism clause as David Villa, but if so they would stand to lose the player outright. I find it doubtful that UEFA will truly rule for guilt IF that is on the line. Perhaps there will be some quasi ruling/punishment, who knows….

    I agree with most here that UEFA is corrupt and is trying to save face a bit, or perhaps has an agenda to see an English club win at Wembley…nothing would surprise me from them. We shall see their tone/&/or biases once the punishments are revealed & the matches are underway. So far UEFA’s biases have been obvious and palpable.

    The world is smaller now, we have instant worldwide communication. Many have been convicted based on video evidence. Barcelona cannot stand against racism & condone it at the same time without losing global respect and support.

    Above all, I feel terrible for Marcelo, the innocent victim here to begin with & now we are seeing victim bashing. I’m sure he would prefer to not have to be involved in any of this. I am equally sure he wishes he wasn’t treated as subhuman by anyone. Imagine being told and chanted at, over and over again that you are NOT EVEN HUMAN. THAT YOU DON’T DESERVE TO BE CALLED HUMAN. It is so very disgusting. I hope he gets tremendous worldwide support. He, as so many other players, still face regular abuse and that is just unnacceptable in any form.

    Any country that this is happening in needs to take a serious response to stop it.

    Ending racism is obviously MUCH MORE INPORTANT THAN ANY CLUB, this behavior be stopped forever. I applaud my Cule friends who understand this must be stopped, even if it means losing an important player.
    I know it can be difficult to face because we love our Clubs and love can be blind, but it must be faced in this instance.

    As far as UEFA, I maintain they are the fulcrum of this entire problem from beginning to end. They were responible for keeping the matches fair. I am still immensely dissappointed by Barca’s behavior, but UEFA & UEFA’s officials had the responsibility to stop it.

    Racism is a larger issue than any club and hopefully UEFA’s response will not be too little too late. I hope that Busquets will receive serious education in addition to any punishments. That said, UEFA still disgusts me and I have little to no faith in them.

  57. Sarah,Madrid permalink
    May 13, 2011 20:24

    I have a feeling nothing will happen and the case will be dismissed for lack of evidence, then another case will be opened against us ( real madrid) for trying to dishonor the name of Busquet and Barcelona. I really dont trust UEFA. Anyway, I can’t believe how can he look at his mates eyes after this.

    Btw, I really didn’t get Barcelona situation from all of this, if he is to proven guilty what will happen? how would their officials treat him after that! The whole situation has been addressed very poorly by them starting with Pep when he didn’t deny it or confirm it and he said, if our players did a “mistake”, they are humans! *WHAT*, don’t get me started on their excuse “mucho morro”, do they think we are stupid enough to believe he said so and he covered his mouth for that, why now with the “mucho morro” excuse why not clear the whole thing from start, when the case is opened!

    Yeah! what about Bartomeu? what’s with his radio talk? he said we dishonor the name of Real Madrid, this is not abuse to our club not at all and disrespectful! *sarcasm*

  58. Keisha permalink
    May 13, 2011 22:16

    Ah, this just makes me mad. I’m so frustrated with UEFA for just *now* deciding to deal with this. And my respect for Barcelona has just vanished. Had they actually delt with this when it happened… smh. I’m so dissapointed.

  59. suzanne permalink
    May 13, 2011 23:41

    i was happy upon hearing the news that there was FINALLY an investigation in this matter. what a rediculously long time they took to begin with. but, to come and read this utter shit from barca’s VP?! any lingering respect i had for that club is gone. distroyed. you have no idea what busquets said, but you come out and make such a rediculous statement as this? you, sir, should lose your job. and be fined for taking such a shot at our club.

  60. maddy permalink
    May 14, 2011 15:13

    i have a feeling that if arbeloa did say something to keita, barcelona would have mentioned it, atleast in retaliation to the busquets incident saying ‘our players were at the receiving end of racial abuse too’. and if that was why pinto went crazy, they would use such an injustice to appeal pinto’s suspension.

    • May 14, 2011 15:19

      Barcelona also just withdrew their appeal of Pinto’s three-game suspension.

      • maddy permalink
        May 14, 2011 15:22

        exactly. so either they know pinto deserved it, or they’re just stating pinto is dispensable 🙂

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