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should we expect an apology from someone?*

May 14, 2011

Madrid sent out an official announcement today in which they clarified that they WERE NOT the ones who denounced Sergio Busquets for racist insults against Marcelo, and the video they included was submitted as part of their appeal against UEFA’s decision not to act on their complaints against Barcelona’s unsportsmanlike conduct.  It was UEFA, acting on their own initiative, that opened the case.

Here’s the full text of the announcement (Spanish here):

Based on information published by various media sources concerning the disciplinary proceedings opened by UEFA against Sergio Busquets, Real Madrid C. F. wishes to express the following:

1. F. C. Barcelona made an unprecedented decision to lodge a complaint with UEFA against Real Madrid C. F. coach, Jose Mourinho.

2. The decision made by F. C. Barcelona forced Real Madrid C. F. to present its defense before UEFA to try to prove unsportsmanlike conduct by several F. C. Barcelona players, stemming from a designed strategy to provoke the referee into making certain calls against Real Madrid C. F., as was the case. This situation is what motivated the statements made by our coach, Jose Mourinho following the match.

3. Real Madrid C. F. would like to make clear that its complaint did not include the incident concerning Sergio Busquets. This complaint by Real Madrid C. F. was rejected by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body despite videographic material presented with the case.

4. As a consequence, Real Madrid C. F. presented an appeal with further material evidence including images of Sergio Busquets insulting our player, Marcelo. This material was included because the incident involving Sergio Busquets is a continuation of the simulation following a knock, the latter being the reason the complaint was originally lodged.

5. UEFA has taken further measures and decided on its own accord to start disciplinary proceedings against Sergio Busquets.

6. Our player Marcelo has been summoned by UEFA to confirm the incident for which the disciplinary proceedings were opened.

Real Madrid C. F. regrets the situation caused by what goes back to the original complaint lodged by F. C. Barcelona against our coach Jose Mourinho and the behavior of Sergio Busquets.

* and from Barcelona fans who accused Madrid of taking so long to file the complaint, starting a witch hunt, trying to taint Barcelona’s image, creating bogus cases, being classless, etc.

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  1. Laryssa permalink
    May 14, 2011 03:03

    Do not expect anything from them, Una.
    If there’s something I learned from the Clásicos, that was culés – players, fans and directors – are just perfect human beings and examples of humility and honesty. They don’t do anything wrong. EVER. So, they don’t need to apologize.
    Actually, maybe you should apologize, Una. You are damaging their image posting all these truths and reasonable comments… Shame on you, girl! 🙂

  2. suzanne permalink
    May 14, 2011 03:46

    a-effing-men una! i cannot wrap my head around the fact that some blaugranas are STILL trying to deflect this and call it a witch hunt. never mind what the idiot at their club said. this makes me so angry. can’t people see it goes beyond clubs. if anyone at madrid EVER did this…i’d want their head on a platter and them off of my team. if RM ever said what barca has…i’d love my boys still, but would look into supporting a new club.
    i never thought i could get more angry about this entire bullshit, but today proved me wrong. this is utter crap and completely unacceptable.
    it has been clear since we sent this in, what, 2 effing days after it happened?! forgive us for their stupidity of not realising this. when pep was asked about it before the 2nd leg, wtf did they think the ammo came from?! seriously?!

  3. Ranya permalink
    May 14, 2011 04:09

    To be honest, I don’t like how RM is basically saying “Barcelona is the one who started it!!!” and then saying that UEFA are the ones who decided to investigate Busquet’s racism, not that we specifically filed a complaint against it. But oh well, I just hope UEFA does something about the incident itself, without the rivalry between the two clubs being a factor.

  4. Mou's Presser permalink
    May 14, 2011 05:04

    I hate Barcelona sooooo much, words cannot describe!

  5. Ciotog permalink
    May 14, 2011 05:28

    Why didn’t they make an official complaint? Why do they regret the situation? Is it because what happens on the field stay’s on the field? I don’t get it surely if he said it (not denying it just haven’t seen the vid, don’t speak spanish and can’t lip read) then they should be happy about the complaint, and happy that UEFA are investigating racism against their player. If he’s found guilty then i’ll have no complaints with him missing the champions league final, I hate racism. I just think it’s a really weird press release. It’s almost apologetic.

  6. DebS permalink
    May 14, 2011 06:11

    I saw that on Madrid’s website today. Good for Madrid for making it quite clear to everyone, that UEFA was the one who, albeit a bit late, decided to open the case.

    As for an apology….I’m not holding my breath for apologies from the Barca camp or many of it’s fans. There do seem to be a few good Cules that post here but I don’t know that they are the ones who are whining about the investigation or Madrid. Thus far the reaction that I have seen from some Cules on other sites don’t necessarily defend Busquets but they try to excuse it by saying Madrid did this or Madrid did that and they are just sore losers.

    Oh yeah…and one poster alleged that Arbeloa mad a racist comment to Kieta, which is what started the whole scuffle before half-time. Of course, their comment is…”so that’s okay if Arbeloa does it?” IF the allegation is true, that’s just as bad but so far that was the first I’d heard about it and as far as I know there isn’t a video showing him doing it. But regardless, it doesn’t excuse Busquets comment nor invalidate the reason that UEFA is looking into the Busquets comment, imo.

  7. May 14, 2011 06:17

    I’m disappointed in my club right now to be honest. I would have preferred them to address the racism issue separately; not as something to prove something else.

  8. ff3 permalink
    May 14, 2011 06:25

    I’m sorry to burst your bubble Una but just because Real Madrid did not file a complaint against Busquets to UEFA it does not mean they are innocent. They posted the video with the subtitle of “Mono Mono” which means they 100% believed Busquets said that to Marcelo and were calling Barcelona and Busquets out publicly without first knowing BOTH sides of the story. Of course they will believe Marcelo over Busquets, that’s totally understandable but this whole spiel about them not making the complaint means absolutely nothing. If Madrid expects culés and the media to buy the crap they’re selling well better luck next time. I’m sure there was some influence (or should I say pressure) coming from Madrid for UEFA to open an investigation right before the CL finals just like I’m sure Madrid told the central lechera that Valencia and Barcelona had shady dealings with a corrupt doctor to get around the doping laws. Like it or not, we suspect Madrid is behind the scenes pulling the strings of Florentino Perez’s puppets to create drama around Barcelona’s fairly won spot in the CL finals. Backtracking doesn’t change anything, what’s done is done. Madrid regrets nothing, ever.

    • May 14, 2011 15:11

      So you believe it’s alright for Barcelona to accuse Madrid of linking them with doping and without evidence, but not for Madrid to do the same regarding the Marcelo-Busquets incident? That’s called a double standard. At least Madrid has a video to back up their claims, even if not everyone agrees on what the content of the video is.

      And there’s nothing wrong with Madrid choosing to believe the words of one of their own players. Barcelona has done the same, as Pep said today in his press conference (“I’ve known Sergio for a long time and when he tells me something, I believe it”). I don’t believe Pep called Marcelo to get his side of the story before making that statement. So what you’ve just accused Madrid of doing, Barcelona has also done as well.

      And can you please use the same user name as you’ve used in the past (this goes for everyone), so it doesn’t look like there are multiple people with your point of view? Thanks.

      • amouria permalink
        May 14, 2011 15:27

        I thought all people here are mature…why changing user name? that’s childish and does not sit well in such beautiful blog.
        Una, we are ALL together with our lovely team… And a polite message to those who disagree with RM: find another place, the Internet is open, don’t spoil our harmonious interaction..

      • LiXingxian permalink
        May 14, 2011 17:04

        Speaking as a Barcelona fan (But a fan of La Roja more than either RM or FCB, so don’t get the pitchforks out just yet!) I remember reading how the doping accusations were not from the high-ups at RM but rather from Marca and all. I don’t have sources on hand but it seems like all the troubles should be blamed far more on the media than either club.

        The Spanish newspapers… Mundo Deportivo, Marca, AS, Sport… they should just stick to praising the national team and stop condemning the clubs they don’t support! That’s what I’d like, anyway 🙂

    • Jenny permalink
      May 14, 2011 18:48

      Madrid had every right to complain about a racist incident – and providing evidence is the responsible thing to do.

      I am pleased with the club’s behaviour. I would have been EVEN MORE pleased if I had discovered that they DID send the complaint in, but all things considered, they have behaved well. They have been forced into a reactionary stance by Barca’s unprecedented complaint to UEFA (which just looked bad – as though they expect Uefa to fight their battles for them – hence the new nickname “Uefalona”).

      It is bitter isn’t it – that your club’s complaint and Madrid’s forced response to it has led to this isn’t it?

      Have a nice day!

    • maddy permalink
      May 15, 2011 05:33

      omg. who CARES who filed the complaint first and who threw the first blow and who pressured who and who paid who? there’s a video with VERY strong evidence of a possible racist act. this goes BEYOND club rivalry and competition. this is an isuue of humanity. address THAT!! and not the he-said she-said BS around it. it comes down to this – marcelo says busquets did it, a video is out there which shows busquets might have said it, and now there is an investigation. everyone should focus on determining if such an ugly act was actually committed, and if so, is rightly punished and the necessary measures are taken to prevent it from happening again.

      btw, i suppose barcelona have accepted the authenticity of the video since they’ve come up with their version of what was said in it.

      until now, i have yet to hear a barcelona official speak out against such an act, whether it happened or not. if i were josep i would say, ‘we are being accused of something serious, something that is opposite to the values of barcelona, something we dont tolerate and something we hope to never again be associated with, etc etc’.

  9. amouria permalink
    May 14, 2011 11:39

    Have anybody seen how they celebrated their victory? its really really shameful.

    • Rei permalink
      May 15, 2011 02:56

      Did you see how they won? Why would they celebrate with class, when they play without it?

    • Lily permalink
      May 15, 2011 03:19

      Hi! Just to warn you all again, I’m a culé. Given what happened with conlaroja, maybe if you guys aren’t comfortable with me posting here, you could let me know and I’ll stop?

      But anyway, tbh I don’t think that’s shameful–they’re only throwing Mou’s words back in his face, serves him right. Plus, I don’t think anyone here can say that Barca are undeserving of the league title. I now you’re Madridistas, but you can understand that it’s been a very tough season for us on a personal level–so many injuries, our gran capità Puyol injured, Xavi with tendonitis, over half our squad suffering from a World Cup hangover, etc, etc, and of course, Abidal’s tumor. So last night was a beautiful (drunken) relief for all of them. Besides, most of it was very sweet–Villa even sang!

      You guys did a great job this season, and congratulations on the (probable) Pichichi for Ronaldo! 🙂

      Also, about the Busquets thing (not a direct reply to your comment, sorry)…most of us culés think that if Busquets is left out of the final because he’s guilty of racist actions, then that’s as it should be; if that is the case, a lot of us also think he should be further banned and fined. I think the problem for a lot of people, however, is that there is no solid proof that he is guilty, and until it has been examined by experts and decided that he is or isn’t, accusing someone of being a racist is a very serious thing. Not to mention lip reading is a very sketchy science, and there really is no definitive answer just from watching the video. Plus, Madrid put up the video already subtitled “mono, mono,” which will bias anyone’s judgement towards what he was saying. Here, check this video out, read the words on the screen, and tell me if you don’t hear the words that are written down, as opposed to what he’s singing. Sorry it’s heavy metal–might want some headphones. :/

      • May 15, 2011 11:34

        Barcelona played well throughout the season, so they are deserving of the Liga title.

        And as for the Busquets case, the problem I have right now, since it will probably boil down to Busquets’ word vs. Marcelo’s word and that won’t go anywhere, is what the Barcelona VP said about the whole thing. Considering he’s a member of the board of directors and was speaking as such, in the name of the club, the statement is very, very disappointing. I’d be interested to see what Barcelona’s fans think of that statement.

        • Ciotog permalink
          May 15, 2011 14:10

          As a Barca fan I completely disagree with his statement it seems very sort of old guard -what happens on the pitch stays on the pitch, which in the case of racism is obviously not acceptable. He just seems old fashioned. I think most cules would agree with Lily, if Busquets is guilty of this then he deserves a severe punishment.

    • maddy permalink
      May 15, 2011 11:48

      congratulations to barcelona for winning the league, they definitely deserved it more than we did.

      there is nothing wrong with how they are celebrating in that video. however, they shouldnt behave like that and then claim they are ‘more than a club’. they arent even above petty jeering. if i won something that big, my rivals and such incidents would be so far from my mind.

      its funny that it is pinto to say all this. his only contribution to the semi final was grabbing arbeloa’s neck. and getting slapped with a suspension. little bit of pot calling the kettle black going on over there.

  10. IsaBella permalink
    May 14, 2011 14:29

    what’s wrong w/ Madrid denouncing Buquets? I don’t understand why they should clarify that. But maybe it’s about the club’s image….

  11. Buckhum permalink
    May 14, 2011 14:51

    Apology from someone? That would be nice but I don’t see it happening.
    I’m just patiently waiting for May 28th and pray that United will beat Barca fair and square without the existence of game breaking referee decisions.

  12. Diana permalink
    May 14, 2011 15:12

    I think both sides need to let go of the conspiracy theories and the blame game. This is an embarrassment for both teams.

  13. Manie permalink
    May 14, 2011 15:46

    Not sure if I’m ok with Madrid saying we didn’t mean for this issue to become an issue, which is kinda what it sounds like, no? It almost even supports that barca VP’s statement. I’m a little disappointed, not sure if I’m understanding it wrong.

  14. May 14, 2011 16:40

    I think both clubs need to be embarrassed of themselves for the way they handled those 4 matches. I think the presidents and directors could have behaved in a different manner and calmed things down right from the start, they could have talked instead of the denouncing games.

    • saeda permalink
      May 16, 2011 04:23

      I completely agree.
      It’s such a shame for both sides.

  15. LiXingxian permalink
    May 14, 2011 17:08

    How nice would it have been after the 5th Clasico for the Spanish nationals to all get together and put on their World Cup medals again for a photo op before leaving the pitch? But I suppose neither club would really be happy with that…

    Carlos Marchena: “…remember that the national team lies above any club ties”

  16. asma permalink
    May 14, 2011 19:20

    I don’t know why RM sounds ‘apologetic’ on this. Maybe I read/understood the announcement differently?

    But that is not important. To me, we should never take this racism issue lightly. Busquets’ video is now all over the world, not taking any action about it would be a cowardly act. It means we still close one eye and take it as a common occurrence on the field. And this will be repeated again and again. And maybe now I understand why players/clubs don’t really take this racism issue seriously or take any measures to stop this despite some victimized players came out and spoke about it (Eto/Alves). They treat this like it is a normal push and shove happening on the field, to be forgotten afterwards. But everyone must know, racism is not the same as pushing or punching or headbutting someone on the field. And after the overwhelming evidence we still have doubt?

    21st century and some people are still ignorant and uncivilized I’m sorry to say.

    • asma permalink
      May 14, 2011 19:34

      Oh I forgot to add..I did email and complain to UEFA about this Busquets racial abuse, so maybe UEFA decided to take action on this because so many people actually complained to them? Though I admit it’s a far-fetched theory knowing UEFA.

  17. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    May 14, 2011 20:27

    I actually didn’t like the statment, it is a little bit childish you think?, they are basically saying just because Barcelona started the complaint, we replied by one , when the first one didn’t work, we included the video, this is what I understood.

    Perhaps I am wrong yeah? maybe they needed more evidence before adding busquets video in the appeal? and they wanted to justify Mourinho statment infornt of UEFA, look at what happened that forced our coach to speak ( to stand behind Jose?) I am really confused now!

    Someone care to explain? 🙂

  18. evita permalink
    May 15, 2011 00:57

    Can someone please translate what Pinto said?

    • May 15, 2011 11:26

      He responded to Mou’s “¿por qué?: we’re here celebrating and if anyone asks why we are here… why… because we’re the best, that’s why.”

  19. evita permalink
    May 15, 2011 21:21

    Oh…well, I’ve never heard too much horseshit from Pinto.

    To the cule. Welcome,and we enjoy your intelligent posts. Barca is a good team, which is why it’s so upsetting to see someone with that level of talent cheat, lie and dive. IMO going into the Classicos, Barca KNEW they were going to whip RM’s ass. And when they drew, and lost, shit got real. Xavi started with his arrogant, dumbass statements, insulting everyone that doesn’t view the footie world his way.

    Sergio Busquets said what he said. I know it. You know it. He knows it. ‘Cello knows it. So, does the horsesass VP at Barca. Pep knew it, when he did that interview and changed the subject. So, if UEFA decides in their favor it won’t be surprising. However, one thing is for sure, he will NEVER ever, regardless of what childish bullshit antics he tries to pull, or lame ass explinations that he tries to give be able to foret that shit. EVER.

    Congrats on winning the league. When they were on their feet playing, they were incredible. As for the CL? You can rob a bank and become a millionaire, but at the end of the day you still stole the money (Alves, Pedro, Busquets).

  20. saeda permalink
    May 16, 2011 04:19

    Hello unamadridista
    I completely agree with you.
    I mean being a Barcelona fan myself, I am not going to defend what’s wrong
    I am also a Spanish national team supporter, therefore, I would hate for this to affect the team, which of course, knowing the guys, that’s very unlikely to happen.
    As for the Sergio statements, I was very disappointed.
    Of course, one person doesn’t represent the whole team.
    What he did was wrong, and no one in their right mind should choose to back up his actions.
    Anything else would have been fine because we saw all kinds of bad things, and unsportsmanship during these clasicos, but when it comes to Racism, that’s just when someone has to stand up and do something!
    If there is anyone backing him up like I said, they’re definitely not in their right mind.
    I am very saddened that he can do this while wearing the Barcelona shirt.

    Now of course, I am in no way stating that everyone who wears the barcelone shirt is an angel, because I know that no matter who’s team jersey a player wears, it all goes back to their values as a person. If they have no respect or no sportsmanship, it will show on the pitch and vice versa.
    It’s a very sad thing, but it’s the truth.
    As a futbol fan, I absolutely hate when people ruin the beautiful game by commiting such false acts.
    In the end, I will apologize to all Madrid fans on behalf of my fellow cules. I think that Madrid is a great team, who plays great futbol, therefore, there is no reason for any futbol lover to hate them.
    With that said; thank you for everything you do unamadridista, both here and on the La Roja blog. I truly appreciate your hard work.

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