According to El Chiringuito TV, Real Madrid have been asked to take down the video posted last night in opposition to Barcelona’s ‘regime team’ comment by the Government of Catalunya.
After Barcelona president Joan Laporta went on to call Real Madrid the ‘club of the regime’ during his press conference explaining the Negreira case, Los Blancos retorted by airing a four-minute video on RMTV and posting it on their social media channels.
The video showcased Barcelona as the ‘regime club’ with Real Madrid alleging that the Catalan giants had been privy to benefits during General Franco’s time.
However, now, the Government of Catalunya has hit back at Real Madrid, terming the video as “offensive, irresponsible and insulting,” as reported by Josep Soldado.
Meanwhile, Patrícia Plaja, the spokesperson for the Government of Catalunya, said: “It would be nice if Real Madrid deleted the video. It’s irresponsible and an offense to the thousands of people who suffered from Francoism.”
In the video that Real Madrid shared last night, they alleged that Barcelona awarded the insignia of gold to Franco. The Catalans were said to have even made Franco an honorary member in 1965.
Meanwhile, it was also alleged that Barcelona were saved three times from bankruptcy with three reclassifications made by Franco.
This was the response from the club after Laporta had made accusations over Real Madrid being the team that has historically received favourable treatment from officials and that they were the club of the regime.
Barcelona have not yet officially made a statement on the video. Meanwhile, it has been reported that Real Madrid will continue making more arguments in their defence after the allegations laid at their feet by Laporta.
Following the events of the last 24 hours, it would be safe to say that the relationship between the two arch-rivals, which had grown cordial in recent years, will no longer be the same.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.