El Clasico furore continues unabated.
There has been a lot of talk in recent days about two incidents that occurred in recent clashes between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Incident one involves Sergio Busquets and Marcelo and can be seen below. Spanish daily the Marca is convinced that the Spanish international with a penchant for diving mouths the word ‘mono’, the Spanish word for monkey, and given that he is deliberately covering his mouth when doing so clearly suggests that something untoward is being said. After all footballers don’t think twice about dishing out usual swearwords and that has led some to believe he has said something racist to the Brazilian full back.
Incident two sees Alvaro Arbeloa and Seydou Keita come to blows after the former Liverpool man says something to the Mali international, something that clearly then enrages sub keeper Jose Pinto, who is then sent off for his part in the melee that followed. There is talk on the internet that the insult aimed at the Barcelona midfielder may have been a racist one and looking at the way the usually cool calm and collected Keita takes the abuse may support that claim. We would like to make it clear we are not stating these incidents are racially motivated, merely reporting on claims from Spanish sources that believe they were.
Now it would surely be fair to say that the issue of racism in relation to the abuse handed out from the stands by supporters is one that Spain has struggled to eradicate and now it seems the players are indulging in the same sickening behaviour.