Barcelona have cancelled the contract of new signing Sergi Guardiola after discovering anti-Catalonia tweets sent in 2013.
Guardiola, who only put pen-to-paper on a deal with the La Liga champions just hours before the termination, previously tweeted 'Hala Madrid', stating his love for the club's fierce rivals Real Madrid.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Guardiola also sent a tweet calling another user a 'Catalonian wh***'.
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Following the termination of the contract, Barcelona released this short statement:
"FC Barcelona has decided to terminate the contract signed with Sergi Guardiola, after finding that he had published offensive tweets about the club and Catalonia."
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Guardiola has since taken to Spanish radio station Cope and has insisted that a friend sent the tweets, claiming that he didn't realise they existed.
"I know I made a mistake. I apologize to Catalonia and Barcelona. I understand the decision, I'd do the same.
"I want to make clear I didn't write those tweets. A friend took my phone and did it.
'It's a misunderstanding. The tweets are from 2013, a joke from a friend, I didn't even know the tweets existed.
"Barcelona have treated me very well. I understand their decision. Now I'm going home, we'll see what happens."
In fact, Guardiola has declared that joining Barcelona was a dream and he 'couldn't write' the aforementioned tweets.
He continued by saying: "Once you're a professional, you support the team that plays best, and that's Barcelona. Joining them was a dream, now it's broken.
"I'm from Mallorca. I'm not anti-Catalan or anti-anything. I couldn't write those tweets."
Of course, only Guardiola will know whether he's telling the truth, but it's unlikely that Barcelona will reverse this particular decision. Misunderstanding or not, it's a long way back for Guardiola at this stage.
Ultimately, tweeting against Catalonia and in favour of Real Madrid is something that the Barcelona hierarchy just won't accept. You have to feel sorry for the 24-year-old, but it appears that he will have to look elsewhere in pursuit of getting his career back on track.
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