Barcelona play down Lionel Messi’s head-butt, call it ‘normal’

It is normal when you play football.”

Messi reacted angrily to something said by the Roma defender during the first half of Wednesday’s friendly at Camp Nou, thrusting his head towards the France international before then grabbing his opponent by the throat.

However, Mestre feels that the whole affair was much ado about nothing.

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Barcelona vice president Jordi Mestre has played down the seriousness of Lionel Messi’s clash with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, claiming that such incidents are “normal” in football.

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“It is what happens in football games,” he told reporters on Thursday. Visit, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – AUGUST 05: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona argues with Yanga-M’Biwa (R) of AS Romaduring the Joan Gamper trophy match at Camp Nou on August 5, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. “I think it is anecdotal and there is no reason for giving this chapter more importance.

Both players were booked for their role in the altercation but there have been claims that Messi was the aggressor and should have been dismissed.

After Neymar had opened the scoring in Catalunya, Messi doubled Barca’s advantage shortly after the Yanga-Mbiwa incident before being replaced midway through the second half.

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The four-time Ballon d’Or winner is now expected to lead the European champions’ attack once more, in Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup showdown with Europa League winner Sevilla.

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Posted August 9th, 2015 in Uncategorized.

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