Barcelona’s players have released a statement apologising for disrupting Getafe forward Victor Rodriguez’s press conference on Saturday dressed up in Halloween costumes.
After goals from Luis Suarez and Neymar secured a 2-0 win in the Spanish capital, most of Barca’s squad changed into fancy dress while still at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.
They then burst into the press room, only to find Victor in the middle of speaking to the media.
Barca’s stars were quickly ushered out of the room, with one player heard saying they’d made a mistake and gone through the wrong door.
However, the damage was done and they have since been criticised by several people, including Getafe’s Mehdi Lacen, for displaying a lack of grace in victory and a lack of respect for their opponents.
In response to that criticism, Barca’s first team squad released the following statement on Sunday:
"In light of the reaction provoked by our actions, which were carried out with the purpose of celebrating a good win and the team’s good form, while also coinciding with Halloween, FC Barcelona’s first team squad would like to manifest that:
"1. - In no case was it our intention to offend or annoy any of our colleagues from Getafe.
"2. - The invasion in the mixed zone coincided with Victor Rodriguez’s press conference and was an unfortunate coincidence, for which we personally apologised and expressed our respect. The images captured at that moment demonstrate that a player clearly said: “Where are we going? We have made a mistake [entering the press conference].”
"3. - The squad is aware of the responsibility that comes with being an FC Barcelona player and wants to apologise to anyone who feels offended, especially members of Getafe’s team and their fans. Our behaviour is also un-waiverable with the members and supporters of FC Barcelona, who should be proud of this team off the pitch, as well as on it."