Gareth Bale's situation at Real Madrid took another turn for the worse against Barcelona on Saturday night.
Los Blancos hosted their rivals in the second Clasico of the week and were looking for redemption after a 3-0 defeat in the Copa del Rey.
But once again, it was Barca who came out on top.
Ivan Rakitic's classy clip was enough to separate the two sides at the Bernabeu as Ernesto Valverde's side walked away with the points.
It was a damaging night for Madrid, both on and off the pitch.
- Reguilon's heated Clasico exchange with Messi and Suarez
- Bale leaves Bernabeu early after Clasico substitution
- Madrid players didn't understand Bale's Clasico inclusion
Bale featured from the start but failed to impact the game and lasted just over an hour before being replaced by Marco Asensio.
Clearly, home supporters inside the ground didn't rate his performance very highly as he was substituted off to whistles and jeers.
To make matters worse, Bale didn't even bother sticking around and left the Bernabeu to go home before full-time.
Actions like that are only going to further antagonise the Spanish fans, but can you really blame Bale for showing this kind of attitude given the frosty reception he usually receives?
Sure, some pundits probably will, but one person who most certainly doesn't blame the Welshman is his agent, Jonathan Barnett.
Following Saturday's defeat to Barca, Barnett has launched a public attack on Madrid's fans, branding them as 'nothing short of a disgrace' for their behaviour towards his client.
"This generation of Real fans will be talking about Gareth's goals for years to come. Frankly, they should be ashamed of themselves," he told Sky Sports.
"Gareth deserves the greatest of respect. The way the Real fans have treated Gareth is nothing short of a disgrace.
"In the six years he has been in Spain, he has won everything. He's one of the best players in the world. Those fans should be kissing his feet."
Barnett's passionate defence of his client is not surprising but honestly, it's hard to disagree with the point he's making.
Bale's time in the Spanish capital has been a huge success and he's scored some very important goals.
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