FC Barcelona boss Xavi has apologized to Espanyol after Ronald Araujo directed insults to the opposition players on Sunday.
Araujo, who had been substituted at halftime through injury became involved in a confrontation with Melamed as Espanyol midfielder left the field.
The Uruguayan appeared to shout and indicate ‘two’ to Melamed as a provocation over Espanyol’s potential relegation to the Segunda Division in 2022 with cameras snapping the incident.
While Xavi admitted that he didn't see the incident, he apologized on behalf of his player and stated that they had to respect their opponents.
Ronald Araújo 🤐 pic.twitter.com/90bV5mvebq— Juli Claramunt (@juliclaramunt) February 13, 2022
“I haven’t seen the incident. We have to respect the opponent, the referee, and the rival fans. We always have to be respectful, but the tension can sometimes make that hard. But I apologize, if this has happened, as it should not,” Xavi said as quoted by Marca.
Barcelona seems to have lost the game until Luke de Jong came with the winner in the dying minutes of extra time in the heated clash staged at the RCDE Stadium.
Manuel Moralanes, Gerard Pique, and Nico Melamed were all sent off in added time as the final seconds turned ugly.