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Barcelona star defends Messi after Real Madrid car park scuffle

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Lionel Messi did not do 'anything wrong', according to Barcelona teammate Jordi Alba, after reports claimed the Argentine was involved in a car park scuffle with Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa following Wednesday's Clasico encounter.

According to Marca, Messi is alleged to have approached Arbeloa at the Santiago Bernabeu after Barcelona and Real Madrid had played out a 1-1 draw and launched a stunning tirade at the Spaniard.

Arbeloa's pregnant wife, who was also at the scene, was reported to have been shocked by the incident, which ended after Messi was dragged back to the Barcelona team bus by his club-mates.

Alba, however, has refuted claims that Messi was overly aggressive towards Arbeloa, and insists the Barcelona was simply frustrated after a testing meeting with Real Madrid.

"I didn't see anything wrong with the car park incident. Messi was just annoyed," Alba said, as reported by Goal.com.

Barcelona and Real Madrid will reignite their rivalry once again on February 27 as both clubs fight for a place in final of the Copa del Rey, with the scores even going into the last four second leg at the Camp Nou.

Cesc Fabregas had provided Barcelona with the lead in Madrid, before a goal from Raphael Varane ensured the tie was evenly poised going into the decider.

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