Did Real Madrid infringe on Kiko Casilla’s freedoms of speech and expression?
There was a bizarre incident in the aftermath of Real Madrid’s 3-2 home over Valencia on Sunday, as goalie Kiko Casilla was ordered not to answer a question.
Casilla is currently deputising for the injured Keylor Navas between the sticks for Los Blancos.
Casilla was previously at Espanyol, and the goalie speaks Catalan perfectly.
After the match, Catalunya Radio asked Casilla a question in the mixed zone in Catalan, and the stopper was asked to respond in Catalan too.
Just as the keeper was about to give his reply, he was prevented from talking by a Real Madrid press officer, who told him he had to respond in Spanish.
Catalan, of course, is the language spoken by FC Barcelona.
The whole incident has opened Los Blancos up to accusations of pettiness. Are they really so fragile, that players cannot even speak Catalan in public? How is that helpful?
It’s also worth noting that Spanish paper ABC claim Casilla did speak Catalan in a second interview.
Tweets on Real Madrid’s behaviour towards Kiko Casilla are below.
Real Madrid, a club founded by two catalan brothers, forbidding Kiko Casilla from answering in Catalan.
Worst people in world football.
— Lucas Resende (@lucasammr) May 8, 2016
— Diana Yeow (@dy158) May 9, 2016
Real Madrid blocked Kiko Casilla from speaking Catalan in his post match presser which is both dumb and creepy: https://t.co/4CENuGlVMG
— Nando (@nandorvila) May 8, 2016
Kiko Casilla not allowed to answer questions in Catalan.
Remember: Kiko was born in Catalonia. [Alcover]pic.twitter.com/uHV8n1zXMT
— Mano (@Officialhbkmano) May 8, 2016
Real Madrid didn't let Kiko Casilla, a Catalan, speak his language. They refused him to answer a question in Catalan https://t.co/HRJkNaqT8Y
— Mert (@BallCirculation) May 8, 2016
What a scum club Real Madrid are. Kiko Casilla their catalan keeper was forbidden to speak in Catalan to the Catalan press after today game.
— C.C (@ElAficionadofcb) May 8, 2016
Nice: Real Madrid forbids Casilla to speak with press in Catalan while Ronaldo does it in Portuguese, Zidane in French & Modric in Croatian.
— Martí Estruch (@MartiEstruch) May 9, 2016