Va­len­cia fined for bot­tles thrown at Barcelona play­ers

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The Span­ish soc­cer fed­er­a­tion yes­ter­day fined Va­len­cia 1,500 eu­ros after wa­ter bot­tles were thrown at Barcelona play­ers cel­e­brat­ing a goal in a Span­ish league game last week­end.

The fed­er­a­tion also warned Va­len­cia that it may close its Mestalla Sta­dium if sim­i­lar in­ci­dents hap­pen again.

In its rul­ing, the fed­er­a­tion’s com­pe­ti­tion com­mit­tee con­demned the at­ti­tude of the Barcelona play­ers who turned to the stands to cel­e­brate after Lionel Messi’s late win­ner on Satur­day, but said “noth­ing jus­ti­fies a vi­o­lent re­ac­tion by fans.”

It also crit­i­cised the “ex­ag­ger­ated re­ac­tion” of some Barcelona play­ers after a bot­tle hit Ney­mar and Luis Suarez, and said that their ac­tions ex­posed them to ridicule. The fed­er­a­tion also praised Va­len­cia for quickly iden­ti­fy­ing the fan who threw the bot­tle.

Barcelona re­acted quickly to the crit­i­cism to its play­ers, say­ing that the ac­cu­sa­tions made by the com­mit­tee were “con­demnable and abu­sive.”

The Cata­lan club said the com­mit­tee should have lim­ited its anal­y­sis to the facts in­stead of mak­ing “un­fair” as­sump­tions that are not within its scope.

It said that from now on it ex­pects the com­mit­tee to anal­yse the team cel­e­bra­tions after ev­ery goal is scored in La Liga.

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