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Barcelona superstar subject to alleged racist abuse in Espanyol clash

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has accused Espanyol fans of racially abusing his teammate Neymar during Saturday’s Copa del Rey bout.

Barca had the lion’s share of the chances, but could only manage a draw away against their modest local rivals, in a result that is fast becoming overshadowed by the alleged racial abuse aimed at one of its key protagonists.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique refused to comment on the rumoured chants, but Iniesta had no qualms about revealing the disgusting chanting aimed at the Brazil superstar.

Iniesta told Mundo Deportivo that he heard the racist abuse coming from “one corner, in the first half, from one supporter.”

Another Barcelona superstar, Gerard Pique, confirmed that while he hadn’t heard the terrace songs, the Spanish authorities should come down hard on any Espanyol supporters found guilty of abuse.

“If that happened, obviously they should be charged and the correct measures taken,” the centre-back said after the match, as per Mundo Deportivo.

“Those who did it are responsible, not the Espanyol fans [in general]. They should be identified and singled out one by one.”

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