No place for it
Barcelona’s La Masia academy has, over recent years, struggled to produce the swathes of talent that it had previously been known for. The likes of Xavi, Iniesta and Pedro have long since moved on.
However, a recent bright spark has come in the form of 17-year-old Ansu Fati. Already in the Spanish senior national team, the winger looks the undoubted future of Barcelona.
Fati scored and assisted in Barca’s 5-1 Champions League win over Ferencvaros on Wednesday night. His stellar performance, however, has since been marred by racist remarks from ABC’s Salvador Sostres.
In his post-match report, the ABC reporter claimed: ‘Ansu was close to scoring with a kick of a pure striker, perfectly turning his body.’
‘Ansu when running has something similar to a gazelle, he looks like a young and black street seller, the one you could see running in the Paseo de Gracia shouting “water, water” when the policemen arrive.’
‘Postcards of a jungle in the heart of the city. Now it doesn’t happen anymore because of Ada Colau [Mayor of Barcelona], the delinquents are the policemen and not the street sellers, who don’t need to run away quickly anymore.’
‘It is true that without tourists, their business goes down.’
ABC is yet to respond to calls asking for a statement to be made.
Antoine Griezmann, meanwhile, is one to have taken to social media to defend Fati, and condemn the comments of Sostres:
Ansu es un chico excepcional que merece respeto como cualquier ser humano. No al racismo y no a la mala educación. pic.twitter.com/LZuJOzoTMG
— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) October 21, 2020
“Ansu is an exceptional boy who deserves respect like any human being. No to racism and no to rudeness,” wrote the Frenchman on Twitter, after being an unused substitute on Ronald Koeman’s bench on Wednesday.
Griezmann has also been reported to be open to helping Barcelona financially, by taking a pay-cut. The reduction which has been requested by the Blaugrana hierachy has not gone down well amongst others members of the club’s squad, including Lionel Messi, though.
Barcelona are set to take on Real Madrid in the first ‘El Clasico’ of the season this coming Saturday at 3pm.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.