FC BARCELONA says it will report Malaga president Abdullah Al-Thani to Spain’s anti-violence commission, the national football federation and La Liga after he posted an offensive comment about the Catalan club on Twitter.
The spat broke out after a fan tweeted that Malaga should let Real Madrid beat them in their match on the final day of the season, when the two clubs are expected to be embroiled in a fight for the title.
Al-Thani responded in Arabic: “The Catalan scum will not get a whiff of the title after fabricating lies about coach Michel.”
The Malaga coach played for Madrid for over a decade, and traded insults with his Barcelona counterpart Luis Enrique earlier in the week.
After his side saw off local rivals Granada on Tuesday (April 25), Michel was asked if his madridista leanings would be evident on the final day, to which he answered: “I prefer to give the guard of honour to a team, an ex-team,” before adding, “but I’m a professional.”
After Barcelona thrashed Osasuna on Wednesday, Enrique responded: “Trust in Malaga? If my grandmother had wheels, would she be a bicycle?”
Barcelona responded angrily to the sheikh’s tweet, expressing their “rejection and indignation,” over his words which “violate the principles of fair play, ethics and legality that should govern sporting competition.”
The rival teams currently share top spot in La Liga after Barcelona beat Madrid in El Clasico over the weekend, but Real have a game in hand and will clinch the title if they win their remaining five matches.