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Suarez argues with Espanyol keeper Pau Lopez during the match. Photo: Reuters

Barcelona lanky forward Luis Suarez on Wednesday January 6 was involved in a tempered confrontation with Espanyol players during an enticing 4-1 Copa del Ray victory at the Camp Nou.

During the fiercely contested local derby, Espanyol were forced to march on with nine men after Hernan Perez was sent off for accumulating two yellow cards while Pape Diop was shown red for insulting Suarez.

Pape Diop was shown red for telling him, ‘I s*** on your w**** mother.’

According to a post match report by center referee Juan Martinez Munuera, after the game Suarez waited at the tunnel and lashed out a confrontation at the visiting players.

The referee reported that Suarez said, “”I’m waiting for you, come here, you’re a waste of space”.

“At the end of the game, once in the tunnel, Barça’s No.9, Suarez, Luis, while the Espanyol players were coming up the stairs, waited for them and shouted at them on various occasions,” the report read.

“He said: ‘I’m waiting for you, come here! You’re a waste of space.

“It provoked a confrontation between players of both clubs and the present security guards had to get involved, as did coaches of both teams.”

It is reported that an Espanyol player had responded to the former Liverpool man saying ‘I’m going to batter you’ before a scuffle that resulted to pushes and blows in the tunnel.

On Saturday January 3 during the La Liga clash between the two sides that ended in a dour 0-0, it is understood Barcelona had complained of the over-aggressive nature of play by Espanyol men.

In the hotly contested Copa del Ray tie yesterday, ref Munuera booked 10 players where six were from Espanyol plus the two red cards while Barca received four.

The two rivals will clash next Wednesday January 14 where Barca will visit Cornella for the second leg of the cup clash.


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