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Luis Suarez accused of 'provoking' tunnel row after being told 'I s*** on your w***e mother'

Tom Sheen

Published 07/01/2016 | 16:00

Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona (L) argues with RCD Espanyol players during the Copa del Rey Round of 16 first leg match between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou last night
Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona (L) argues with RCD Espanyol players during the Copa del Rey Round of 16 first leg match between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol at Camp Nou last night

Luis Suarez has been accused of provoking a scuffle in the tunnel after Barcelona beat cross-town rivals Espanyol in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night.

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The former Liverpool striker, who has an infamous rap sheet that includes biting three opponents and being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra by the FA, is said to have waited in the tunnel after the game for opponents after an ill-tempered 4-1 victory at the Nou Camp.

Espanyol finished the match with nine men after Hernan Perez and Papakouly Diop were sent off, while goalkeeper Pau Lopez was also accused of stamping on Lionel Messi.

Suarez clashed with Diop during the game and according to referee Juan Martinez Munuera, whose report has been published by newspaper Diario Sport, Diop was shown a straight red after telling the Uruguayan that "I s*** on your w***e mother" in Spanish.

Munuera's report states that Suarez "provoked a confrontation" having waited for rival players.

"At the end of the game, once in the tunnel, Barca’s No 9, Suarez, Luis, while the Espanyol players were coming up the stairs, waited for them and shouted at them on various occasions," he is reported as saying.

"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."

However, when asked about the incident after the game, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique denied a scuffle had taken place, dismissing the reports as "Christmas carols".

"It isn’t down to the coaches or the players to keep the peace," he added. "It’s down to the referees to ensure that we play football and not American football. There was some tension. I’d like it if there were more football, fewer interruptions and no injuries.

"When someone oversteps the mark, it’s down to the referees to keep order. Of course there’s tension in these games. The players know each other, they’re two teams with a special rivalry, but that rivalry has to remain positive."

Espanyol had taken the lead through Felipe Caicedo before Lionel Messi scored twice, Gerard Pique added a third just after the break and Neymar added a late fourth.

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