A Barcelona player wished Espanyol to be relegated
Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo lost his temper during Sunday's derby with Espanyol (2: 2) in the Catalan capital. The Uruguayan was angry at the shouts from the home team's bench and gestured that he wished them to be relegated to the Second Division.
This happened in the added time of the match after the expulsion of his teammate Gerard Pique and Nico Melamed from the home team.
His coach Xavi Hernandez expressed regret over the incident. "We must always show respect to the referees and rival fans. Sometimes stress makes you make mistakes. If Ronald has allowed such, we apologize, "said the coach.
Araujo himself later repented with an Instagram post: "I want to apologize to everyone at Espanyol for the inappropriate gesture I made. This happened as a result of the tension during the derby.
I consider myself a person who respects other teams and opposing fans. I'm not proud of what happened. "
Espanyol midfielder Serge Darder urged him to be more careful. "One or two years ago, Araujo himself played in the Third Division. He is an excellent defender, but such events do not help him ", said the football player of the hosts.
Otherwise, in the first half of the match Araujo suffered an injury in the left calf and it is not known when he will be back on the line.