La Liga 2016/17 - Rafinha says Barcelona might stop celebrating goals
In a statement released on Monday following the bottle throwing incident that marred the end of the game where Barcelona won 3-2 over Valencia at Mestalla, theNou Camp side have asked the Administrative Court of Sport (TAS) to take action against the Real Federación Española de Fútbol committee.
The club will reportedly also withdraw their backing for Javier Tebas as league president, following his comment on the incident."The declarations made by Tebas are irresponsible and unbecoming of a sports executive," said Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu to reporters in a press conference.
Protecting the club's dignity Barcelona midfielder Rafinha in an exclusive interview with El club de la mitjanit said , "It’s good that Barcelona protects their players because our attitude has always been one of responsibility, education, and hard work. We didn’t expect what has happened; if you can’t celebrate a goal like that because you’ve turned the game around, then we might as well not celebrate goals anymore.”
The Brazilian footballer showed how passionate he was for his club as he took on the accusations against the team countering, “Objects were thrown at Neymar and they changed the story to say that it was an act of violence by one person inside Mestalla, and now they blame Neymar, which for me is really a surprise. I think Neymar is a victim of a campaign, there exist many people that look for this type of thing, they create something that really isn't there.”
Spanish league officials also denounced Valencia for the offensive chants of the fans. The league committee said it has asked the Spanish federation to consider sanctioning the club because the chants were discriminatory and incited violence.
The RFEF charged Valencia €1,500 on Wednesday after the nasty incidence where a supporter threw a bottle from the stands in Curva NordThe RFEF competition committee has however also criticized the Catalan club for their role in the episode which ruined the end of the enthralling match.
Lionel Messi seemed to have mouthed off the Valencia crowd after the bottle was thrown at Neymar. This conduct was labelled as unprofessional by the Valencia crowd. The fan also later mentioned that he wasnt happy with the way the Barcelona players went down after he threw the object onto the pitch.