Barcelona, October 28, 2016: Barcelona have asked Spainâ€™s Court for Sport (TAD) to open disciplinary proceedings against La Liga chief Javier Tebas after he criticised the teamâ€™s reaction to an empty bottle being thrown in from the stands during a goal celebration.
Tebas said he would be â€œashamed to pretendâ€ the way some players went down â€œlike a game of skittlesâ€ even though the empty plastic bottle only appeared to hit striker Neymar as Barcelona celebrated Lionel Messiâ€™s injury-time penalty that secured a 3-2 win in Valenciaâ€™s Mestalla Stadium.
Valencia were fined 1,500 euros ($1,634.10) by the Spanish football federation (RFEF), who also condemned the Barcelona players for goading the home teamâ€™s fans.
â€œBarcelona demands the TAD opens disciplinary proceedings against Javier Tebas, president of La Liga, and members of the RFEFâ€™s Competition Committee for their â€¦ reactions and judgements about Barcelonaâ€™s players when they were assaulted during last Saturdayâ€™s game against Valencia,â€ La Liga champions Barcelona said in a statement on Thursday.
â€œBarcelona publicly reproaches Javier Tebas, as president of La Liga, and withdraws all their confidence in him for the time being.â€
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu added: â€œThe declarations made by Tebas are irresponsible and unbecoming of a sports executive.
â€œThe club will bring these declarations before the TAD because we want it to see to it that if they produce violence they are punished accordingly.â€
Neymar fell over and remained on the floor for a moment after the bottle hit him, while Javier Mascherano and Luis Suarez also fell to the ground. Barcaâ€™s stand-in captain Messi yelled insults at the Valencia fans behind the goal.
RFEFâ€™s report, released on Wednesday, accused Barcaâ€™s players of â€œunexemplary behaviourâ€ and â€œfeigning they had been struck by the objectâ€.
Tebas hit back at any insinuation that his words could lead to violence, but welcomed the clubâ€™s decision to take their grievances to the TAD.
â€œThey are in the right to go to the TAD. I respect them and encourage them to go to any measures if they feel hard done by,â€ Tebas told reporters.