On a night where Messi was ineffectual due to the impressive tactics of Los Boquerones, it was surprising to see the superstar involved in the clash given his placid approach on the pitch:
According to Welligton post-match, the Barca forward called him a “motherfucker” and that’s why he grabbed his throat.
But the defender did admit that he regretted the altercation.
“You see in the pictures, but he called me a motherfucker and then he came to me.
“In the heat of the moment I was wrong, but I have not hurt him.
“I’ve already said I was wrong, but those who know me know that I am a humble and honest guy, these things do not usually happen.”