Barcelona intend to lodge a formal complaint after Malaga’s coach and owner both appeared to suggest that they’d prefer Real Madrid to win La Liga.
With the title race looking like it may well go to the wire this season, Malaga are due to play Real on the final day of the season – thus meaning that the result could be decisive.
So you can see why Barca might take umbrage at Malaga coach Michel – who spent 14 years at Real as a player and remains a close personal friend of Florentino Perez – publicly admitting that he would prefer his old side to take the spoils.
This from the Independent:
Michel […] was asked recently about the time another ex-Madrid player, Jorge Valdano, had coached his team, Tenerife, to a final-day win over the Bernabeu club that handed Barcelona the championship.
“I’m much more of Madrid fan than Valdano was,” Michel said, suggesting he wouldn’t want to prevent his boyhood team from winning La Liga.
Michel’s implied sentiment was then echoed on Twitter by Malaga president Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani who, when asked by Barca fans to make sure his side beat Real Madrid on the final day, replied: “The human waste of Catalonia will never smell the glory of La Liga.”
باذن الله بينجلدون على ارض الملعب
لكن حثالة كتالونيا لن يشموا رائحة الدوري
بعد تأليف الاكاذيب على المدرب ميتشلhttps://t.co/ZIbeMJjHjq
— Abdullah N Al Thani (@ANAALThani) April 26, 2017
It was at this point that Barca decided to take action, releasing the following statement on Thursday morning:
Barcelona expresses it’s rejection and indignation of the content of a tweet published by the president of Malaga CF, Abdullah Al-Thani, with some declarations that assault the very principles of fair play, ethics and legality that must reign over sporting competition.
For this reason, the club will formally complain to the Anti-Violence Committee of the Superior Sports Council, and will transfer the matter to the Competition Committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, and the Department of Integrity of La Liga.
Christ. As if there wasn’t enough petty squabbling up at the top of La Liga already.