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Barcelona fans charged for Cristiano Ronaldo chant

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Barcelona supporters have been charged by the Spanish league for chanting defamatory songs about Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Mirror state that LFP president Javier Tebas has brought charges against the Catalan giants after the fans were heart repeatedly chanting "Cristiano es un borracho" (Cristiano is a drunk) during Sunday’s 5-0 win over Levante at the Camp Nou.

Ronaldo does not drink, but the chants were referring to the former Manchester United star’s controversial 30th birthday part last week, which took place hours after Real Madrid’s humiliating 4-0 defeat to local rivals Atletico Madrid.

Real Madrid stars angry with Ronaldo party

None of Real Madrid’s Spanish players attended Ronaldo’s party - and it’s understood that some of his teammates were furious that the event was held in spite of the club’s embarrassing defeat to Atletico - their heaviest loss since the infamous 5-0 defeat to Barcelona in 2010.

Real Madrid also plan to fine Sami Khedira and James Rodriguez for attending Ronaldo’s party while injured.

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Barcelona supporters group named and shamed

LFP delegates have confirmed that the chants emanated from the Almogavers supporters group, and charges have subsequently been brought before the league’s Anti-Violence Commission and the Competition Committee.

A statement read: "Chants heard at the stadium, during the game, in minute 65 and from the group of spectators... formed of around 200 people... identified as a group known as Almogavers... initiated the following chant: 'He is a drunk, Cristiano is a drunk', in reference to the Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo, in a repetitive and coordinated manner.

"It was not followed or sung by the rest of the spectators present in the stadium, whose behaviour was totally correct throughout the game."

LFP protecting Ronaldo?

It is extremely rare that a group of fans are charged for singing insulting chants, but the LFP may have decided to take action in order to protect Ronaldo, the current holder of the Ballon d’Or.

The last thing they want is for Ronaldo, one of the world’s most marketable footballers, to depart the Spanish top flight because of opposition fans.

Furthermore, Ronaldo’s father died of an illness related to alcoholism in 2005 - and it’s possible that the LFP may have taken this into consideration.

Insulting chants designed to put off opposing players can be heard up and down football grounds in all leagues across the world on a weekly basis, including England’s Premier League.

Should more be done to stop these chants?

Earlier this season, for example, Liverpool supporters could be heard repeatedly chanting “Diego Costa, the Elephant Man” at the Chelsea striker.

But in the majority of cases these chants are dismissed as part and parcel of supporter culture.

It doesn’t necessarily make it acceptable, however.

Should more fans be charged for singing insulting or defamatory chants? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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