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Barcelona Fans Shine Illegal Lasers At Real Madrid Players

Barcelona fans shone illegal laser beams at Real Madrid players during el Clasico on Sunday night, according to a report published by Spanish daily AS.

Iker Casillas was the first victim of a beam, as a green light was seen hovering on him during the pre-match warm up. Pepe was also beamed upon after he committed a strong tackle against Thierry Henry in the first half.

The fans then turned their attention to Cristiano Ronaldo, who enraged the Camp Nou faithful after a tussle with Andres Iniesta. TV cameras caught the green light on Ronaldo's face after the incident.

Alvaro Arbeloa was the last player to be hit with the laser beam, as the fans expressed their anger at him for committing one too many fouls against Leo Messi.

Casillas complained to referee Undiano Mallecano about the lasers, and the referee said he was aware of what was going on. Still, he did not publish anything about the lasers in his match report.

After reviewing footage of the laser beams, Spain's officiating body La Liga decided not to pursue any legal action against Barcelona. The only way Barcelona can be sanctioned is if Real Madrid submit a formal complaint to La Liga, but this is unlikely.

Speaking to TVE, Real Madrid Sporting Director Jorge Valdano described the situation as "regrettable" and called for lasers to be controlled, because they are both dangerous to the eyes and violate fair play.

Barcelona left-back Eric Abidal joked about the issue, saying "we [Barcelona] played so fast that the lasers could not follow us."

Fans at the Camp Nou do have a history of using such devices. Back in 2007-08 season, Getafe goalkeeper Pato Abbondanzieri complained of being harassed by the lasers. The referee stopped the game for thirty seconds, but no legal action against Barcelona was taken.

Barcelona face Xerez tomorrow night, whereas Real Madrid square off against Almeria at the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend.

Feras Saad,