Barcelona are used to having it all their own way in La Liga, but it seems like the tide is turning.
The Catalan club are third in the table behind Real Madrid and Sevilla, though they're just two points off the summit.
Right now, though, that's the least of their worries. Luis Enrique's men have somehow become engulfed in a row since their players were the victim of a water bottle-throwing incident against Valencia.
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A number of objects - including a screw, and naturally, an acorn - were chucked at the players during Saturday's game, with Valencia fans apparently upset by Barca's celebrations.
Lionel Messi had just scored the winning goal from the penalty spot, and with all this taking place in injury time, it's easy to see why the La Liga giants' were ecstatic to have bagged the three points.
The unsavoury incident put something of a dampener on the game, but incredibly, the RFEF’s Competition Committee have now decided it was all Barcelona's fault.
While the fan who threw the water bottle has apologised, the Committee seems to have got rather the wrong end of the stick, if we're giving them the benefit of the doubt.
Barcelona under fire
Criticising a “lack of example” shown by Messi, Neymar, and co, a statement read, as per Sport:
“The behaviour by some players from F.C. Barcelona discredits and ridicules [themselves].
“The reproachable behaviour shown by some of the F.C. Barcelona players, who made certain gestures and expressions to the [Valencia] supporters as they celebrated the goal they’d just scored, should not be overlooked.
“Nor was it precisely an example of sportsmanship the way some of the club’s players reacted — without having come into contact with the bottle — by simultaneously feigning they’d been struck by the object.”
Valencia were fined just 1500 euros for the way their fans acted, so unsurprisingly, Barca have been left unimpressed.
The club have now hit back, slamming the Committee's statement as "outrageous", quoted via AS.
Perhaps the Committee should “analyse and pass judgment on the way that teams celebrate each and every one of their goals,” they added, rightly furious with the way they have been turned from victims to villains.
Enrique's side are never going to be to everyone's taste, but while they may have been a little naive to celebrate so close to the fans, there's no way they can have deserved this kind of treatment.
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