Barcelona file complaint after pundits Neymar comments

Real Madrid midfielder Isco was shown a red card for a challenge on Barcelona forward Neymar.


Barcelona have filed a complaint against two ex-Real Madrid players-turned-pundits after they suggested Neymar deserved a kick from Isco in ‘El Clasico’ this month.

Isco, who had come on as a substitute 10 minutes into the second half of Barca’s 4-0 win at the Bernabeu, lashed out in apparent frustration at Neymar in the 85th minute and was shown a straight red card.

Barca claim former Real players Manolo Sanchis and Poli Rincon "publically and repeatedly justified the aggression" on Spanish radio.

The club confirmed on Monday that they had filed a complaint with a Spanish government commission that seeks to combat violence in sport.

"FC Barcelona believes these statements to be an incitement to violence and therefore ask for action from the anti-violence commission," the club said.

Spanish authorities have been seeking to crack down on violence and verbal abuse in football since a Deportivo La Coruna fan was killed last year in organized fighting before a game at Atletico Madrid.