Saturday’s clash between Barcelona and Valencia at the Estadio Mestalla turned ugly when Lionel Messi was struck by a water bottle while celebrating his late winner.
Messi dispatched a penalty in the fourth minute of injury time to hand Barcelona a 3-2 win. Rather naively, he chose to celebrate right in front of the Valencia supporters.
Journalist Gerard Romero shared a picture on Twitter of the objects that were aimed towards Messi and co. They included the water bottle, three lighters, a screw and, rather bizarrely, an acorn.
According to the Mirror, the Argentine shouted, “The c*** of your mother, son of a thousand w*****!”
You know Valencia supporters crossed a line if they managed to spark that sort of reaction from the typically reserved Messi.
The person responsibly for throwing the water bottle has stepped forward in an attempt to seek forgiveness from Barcelona.
The unnamed fan expressed his regret in a statement read out to 99.99 Valencia Radio.
"I am the supporter that threw the bottle, yes, the one that hit the Barcelona players,” the fan said, per Marca. “From the moment it left my hand, I realised the seriousness of my mistake. I completely regret it, as it isn't an act that defines me as a person, nor does it define Valencia's great fanbase.
"When the penalty was given, I felt very impotent and upset at what had just occurred. When Messi scored and came to the north end to celebrate, I also saw how Neymar insulted and provoked all of those Valencia supporters that had supported the team until the end. At that moment, I saw a bottle lying on the ground, and on impulse picked it up and threw it at them.
"I ask Barcelona for forgiveness and also to my lifelong team, who I will continue to support until the end of my days."
Six losses in nine
Valencia supporters painted themselves in a dark light even before kick-off. According to Sport, former Los Che forward Paco Alcacer, who left for Barcelona in the summer, had a bag of pipas - sunflower seeds - thrown at him as he made his way to the bench.
The defeat left Cesare Prandelli’s team in 15th place in La Liga, with six losses in nine games. No wonder their fans are so angry.