Wednesday 13 December 2017

Barcelona forced to apologise after Halloween prank involving Suarez and Neymar goes wrong

Barcelona players in Halloween costumes
Barcelona players in Halloween costumes
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Barcelona were forced to apologise after a number of their first-team players gate-crashed the wrong press conference while dressed in Halloween costumes.

Leo Messi is currently out injured, but Luis Suarez and Neymar are ably leading the attack, with a goal from each enough to ensure a 2-0 win over Getafe on Saturday as they sit joint-top of La Liga with arch rivals Real Madrid.

For the day that was in it, Barcelona players including Gerard Piqué, Luis Suárez , Neymar, Marc Bartra and Jordi Alba donned Halloween masks to celebrate the away victory and planned to interrupt manager Luis Enrique's post-match press conference.

The players however went to the wrong room and burst into Getafe forward Victor Rodriguez's press conference.

The players sheepishly made their exit and continued into town on a night of celebration, though the Catalan side issued an apology in light of criticism for the incident.

"In no case was it our intention to offend and/or hurt any member of Getafe's team. Our emergence in the post-game interview area during Victor Rodriguez's press conference was an unfortunate and involuntary accident," the statement read.

"We would like to personally apologise to him, as well as to express our respect for him. The images recorded demonstrate that one of the players who was participating said, 'Where are we going? We went the wrong way.'

"The team is aware of the responsibility that comes with being a player for FC Barcelona and would like to apologise to anyone who may have been offended, especially Getafe's players and supporters.

"We have an unwavering commitment as well to the members and supporters of FC Barcelona, who have to be able to feel proud of the team, both on and off the field."

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