Real Madrid slammed for refusing to allow Kiko Casilla to answer a question in Catalan [Tweets]

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.

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