Barcelona asks court to act against Span­ish league pres­i­dent

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Barcelona are ask­ing a sports tri­bunal to con­sider sanc­tion­ing the Span­ish fed­er­a­tion and the pres­i­dent of the Span­ish league after they con­demned a goal cel­e­bra­tion and ac­cused play­ers of pro­vok­ing ri­val fans.

The club said yes­ter­day it has for­mally re­quested the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Court of Sport open dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings against Javier Te­bas and mem­bers of the fed­er­a­tion’s com­pe­ti­tion com­mit­tee after their “un­ac­cept­able pub­lic dec­la­ra­tions and as­sess­ments” about Barcelona play­ers.

The com­pe­ti­tion com­mit­tee fined Va­len­cia €1,500 on Wed­nes­day after wa­ter bot­tles were thrown at Barcelona play­ers cel­e­brat­ing a late win­ner in a Span­ish league match on Satur­day in Va­len­cia.

It also con­demned the at­ti­tude of the play­ers by say­ing they shouldn’t have turned to the stands to cel­e­brate and that they ex­ag­ger­ated after some of them were hit by one of the bot­tles. It said their ac­tions ex­posed them to ridicule.

Barcelona said the com­mit­tee “is not there to make as­sess­ments but rather to take dis­ci­plinary ac­tion, or not, in or­der to make an ex­am­ple of in­ci­dents that oc­cur” on the pitch.

“Mak­ing state­ments re­gard­ing the ac­tions of the play­ers adds even more ten­sion to a sit­u­a­tion that must be deesca­lated,” Barcelona pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bar­tomeu said.

Bar­tomeu also had harsh words for Te­bas, who told Span­ish me­dia that he didn’t like the at­ti­tude of some Barcelona play­ers, hint­ing that they pro­voked the fans dur­ing their cel­e­bra­tion.

“The dec­la­ra­tions made by Te­bas are ir­re­spon­si­ble and un­be­com­ing of a sports ex­ec­u­tive,” Bar­tomeu said.

Barcelona’s next game is to­mor­row against last-place Granada at the Camp Nou.

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