Barcelona vs Real Madrid: 5 most controversial moments in El Clasico history
El Clasicos are arguably the greatest and most intensely fought out battles in world football every year with eternal rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid fighting it out minute by minute in an attempt to get that glorious victory.
With the El Clasico in April 2016, airing in more than 90 countries and enjoying a viewer base of more than 400 million, there is no doubt that this battle fights it out toe-to-toe with the NFL’s Super Bowl 50 which is itself one of the biggest events in the sporting industry.
The players are under a lot of pressure from the fans and the board. Managers have been known to get the pink slip based primarily on a poor performance in the El Clasico, with Rafa Benitez recently sacked as a result of extreme fan discontent after the 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Luis Enrique led Barcelona.
All this pressure and encumbrance generates a lot of negativity.
With the 232nd El Clasico coming soon, let’s take a look at the five most controversial moments ever in the contest:
#1 June 13, 1943 - The Black Day (Real Madrid 11-1 Barcelona)
Barcelona and Real Madrid shared cordial terms till this ill-fated day when the former were beaten 11-1 in the second leg of their Copa del Generalissimo semi-final at the Estadio Chamartin. The first leg result which was a 3-0 win in favour of the Blaugrana was a tough pill to swallow for the anti- Catalan media.
The second leg atmosphere at Madrid shocked the Catalan players who were left unnerved after the intense hostility demonstrated by the Los Blancos fans. The visit by General Franco’s security chief who stated “Do not forget that some of you are only playing because of the generosity of the regime that has forgiven you for your lack of patriotism” was the last straw on the camel’s back.
In the words of Barca's Fernando Argila -"There was no rivalry. Not, at least, until that game."