Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde punched Villarreal player Alex Baena in an angry confrontation after the two teams’ match in the Spanish League on Saturday.
The players clashed moments after Villarreal’s thrilling 3-2 victory with two goals in the last 20 minutes at the Real Bernabeu.
Valverde, 24, confronted Baena – a Spain under-21 player – in the area where the team buses are parked in the stadium.
The duo also clashed during the match, with Valverde telling Baena that he would confront him after the match.
Reports in Spain indicated that Villarreal had video footage of the alleged incident and that the police were aware of this.
the athlete The sources, who wish to remain anonymous to protect their relations, have told that the dispute between the pair dates back to a meeting between the two teams in January in the King’s Cup when Baena directed a personal insult to Valverde.
Real Madrid declined to comment when contacted the athlete. Pena’s representatives insisted they were unaware of the incident.
However, Xisco Nadal, the club’s official, tweeted after the match that Valverde was a “coward”, which he later deleted.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted his players failed to reproduce the performance levels that Barcelona crushed in the second leg of the King’s Cup semi-final on Wednesday, but the defeat will not hinder their preparations for the Champions League next week. Clash with Chelsea.
“All the players have a level below normal,” he said. “It’s hard to keep the motivation at 100 per cent because the wear and tear against Barcelona was so big. It’s very normal. This defeat hurts us.”
“But it is a defeat that does not change our mood for Wednesday’s game (against Chelsea), which will be completely different. Compared to last year, the truth is that in La Liga we have lowered our level.”
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