Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hit back at criticism from LaLiga president Javier Tebas

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Barcelona stated on Thursday they will pursue legal action against Tebas and LaLiga’s Competition Committee after they suggested Barca players were culpable of antagonising Valencia fans during last Saturday’s clash at Mestalla.

The comments relate to an incident towards the end of the match – for which Valencia have been fined €1,500 – when Neymar was hit by a bottle thrown from the crowd as Barca celebrated the winning goal in their 3-2 victory.

Luis Enrique says the club statement speaks for itself but highlighted the lack of yellow and red cards shown to his players this season as proof they are not a team who look to provoke opposing players or fans.

“I said what I had to say and refer to the announcement the club made yesterday. I have nothing else to comment,” he said. “I’m focusing on the sporting side of things, which we can control.

“We’re used to controversies. This is just another one. I’ve spoken about it at length this week. The same things always happen.

“I won’t throw more gas on the fire. We have values about not hurting other players and we try to transmit that. Everybody has expressed their opinion and my focus is on Granada. We need three points.

“We’re the team with the least number of yellow cards. It’s there to see. We’ll just focus on playing.”

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