Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has charged Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho of “destroying Spanish football” following an ill-tempered Supercopa at the Camp Nou.
A late volley from Lionel Messi provided Barca a 3-2 victory (5-4 on aggregate) in a second-leg competition that saw three players sent off, Cesc Fabregas slashed down on his debut and Mourinho involved in horrible scenes on the sidelines.
The Real coach has turned into a hot figure in Spain, presently as he was in England and Italy, and a bad-tempered run of five ‘clasicos’ last season, in which his side had four men sent off, continued in the traditional curtain-raiser to the Spanish season.
A brutal challenge from Marcelo saw the Real defender dismissed in the closing moments of the Supercopa, which was followed by a huge melee involving players, substitutes and staff from both sides, with Mesut Ozil and David Villa both shown red in spite having by now substituted.
Mourinho, in the meantime, might come under inspection for his role in the fight as he was pictured heading to Barca coach Tito Vilanova and making contacts with his face. Vilanova answered by shoving Mourinho, who left smiling.
A furious Pique railed at Madrid’s conduct. The Barca defender said, “I do not talk about the brawl. But it’s a shame, it is not the first time and it’s always the same.”
“Someone has to take action on the matter. Mourinho is destroying Spanish football. There is talk about the Catalans, but the problem is with Madrid. I think it’s going too far. It cannot always end well. In the end this will end very badly.”
Mourinho’s opposite number Pep Guardiola did not wade into the issue but had a word of caution for those concerned in the tense atmosphere on the pitch.
He said, “The images speak for themselves. We must be careful, because one day we will cause harm, not on the field but off, and we’re all a little responsible for this. ”