Dani Alves has refused to say sorry for his stinging criticism of the Spanish press yesterday – but admitted that he would take back one word he used in the rant.
The Barcelona full-back made headlines with an Instagram post – which has now been deleted – where he slammed the media for the way they cover his team.
It came in the aftermath of Barca’s ill-tempered Copa del Rey clash with Espanyol on Wednesday night which saw eight players booked and two red carded.
Luis Suarez was also accused of threatening Espanyol players in the tunnel post-match and one newspaper even claimed that the Spanish club may believe the Uruguayan aimed racist abuse at their midfielder Papakouli Diop.
Alves has understandably drawn negative headlines with his post, which includes him calling the media “f*****g rubbish”, and Barca had to issue a statement distancing themselves from the comments.
But he refused to say sorry while speaking after his team’s 4-0 victory over Granada this afternoon.
Alves said, via @barcastuff: “Journalists upset after post calling press f*****g trash? Those who felt need to defend themselves apparently thought it was about them.
“I’d only rectify one word (f*****g). As for the rest, certain press are trash, they don’t add anything to the game.
“They complain about violence at the grounds, but the trash I’m talking about are the first to stir things up.
“Club saying they don’t agree with my wording? I don’t need the support of anyone to express my opinion.”
Despite Alves’ war with the wordsmiths, his team are still doing the business on the park – and today was no different.
Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to add to Neymar’s goal and the 4-0 win puts them top of La Liga by one point.