Recently, we’ve seen a trend of players refusing to step on an opponent’s badge on the floor.
It was something we saw when Atletico Madrid played Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Luis Suarez made a huge effort to avoid stepping on the badge when arriving at the stadium while ensuring his teammates also didn’t when going out to train on the pitch.
Luis Suárez avoided walking on the Man City badge while entering the Etihad Stadium. 👏— 433 (@433) April 5, 2022
Luis Suarez:— Paddy Power (@paddypower) April 5, 2022
Biting a lad on the neck – No problem.
Walking on a carpet with another team’s badge on – Show some f*cking respect please, pal.
Antoine Griezmann on the other hand…
Griezmann stepping on Manchester City’s crest before entering the stadium for training. pic.twitter.com/30ZuuvkHe8— 𝐊 (@TheEuropeanKid) April 5, 2022
Even in the heat of the battle, Vinicius Junior was determined to jump over the Real Madrid crest at the Bernabeu as he ran off the pitch.
That’s mentality right there! Playing for the badge. What you believe in. Vinicius is a rising star 🌟 pic.twitter.com/H1gWqHzdLh— I.M.HDK (@Hammad_1168) January 9, 2022
Why don’t players walk over club crests?
What is it all about?
Is it respect? Is it superstition?
Whatever it is, players in Spain take it pretty seriously it seems.
And we witnessed that once again as Real Madrid players walked out at the Etihad to prepare for their Champions League semi-final against Manchester City.
In footage captured by Marca, the left-back wasn’t concentrating as he walked out onto the pitch. But teammate Eder Militao points out he’s just walked over the Man City badge.
He puts his hands on his head in disbelief.
VIDEO: Marcelo looks gutted as he walks on Man City badge
What has he just done!?
It’s such a strange trend in football and we’re still struggling to get our heads around it. If clubs didn’t want their crest to be stepped on, they wouldn’t put them in corridors or at the entrance of a pitch.
But players of Spanish clubs appear keen to avoid doing so at all costs!