Span­ish league de­nounces Va­len­cia for fans’ of­fen­sive chants

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Span­ish league of­fi­cials have de­nounced Va­len­cia for fans’ of­fen­sive chants against Barcelona, Cat­alo­nia and Lionel Messi dur­ing a game last week. The league said yes­ter­day it has asked the Span­ish fed­er­a­tion to con­sider sanc­tion­ing the club be­cause the chants were dis­crim­i­na­tory and in­cited vi­o­lence. The an­nounce­ment was made a day after the Span­ish fed­er­a­tion fined Va­len­cia €1,500 eu­ros after wa­ter bot­tles were thrown at Barcelona play­ers cel­e­brat­ing a goal dur­ing Satur­day’s match at Mestalla Sta­dium. The league said the of­fen­sive chants oc­curred in the 93rd and 94th min­utes — around the time when Messi con­verted a penalty kick in Barcelona’s 32 win. Va­len­cia play­ers and club di­rec­tors com­plained about the ref­er­ee­ing after the game and fans were also up­set with the calls that went against their team.

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