Early Doors

Clasico video nasty: Did Sergio Busquets stamp on Pepe’s face?

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For all the wonderful football on show, Clasicos always have a dark side to them – indeed, the deep antagonism between the two clubs makes the fixture what it is.

From outrageous diving to eye-pokes and pig’s heads being used as missiles, meetings between Real Madrid and Barcelona frequently court controversy.

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The irreparable cultural and historical differences between the two cities of Madrid and Barcelona mean this is a rivalry like no other, and the matches played out are often more like battles.

So it was no surprise on Sunday to see another shock moment grab the attention of the millions of football fans watching the match across the globe.

And it was also no surprise to see the two men at the heart of things: Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets and Pepe of Real Madrid, the two leading practitioners of the dark arts on both sides.

As you can see from the video above, the two were involved in a flashpoint at the Bernabeu following Lionel Messi’s first goal.

With Pepe lying on the turf after a clash with Cesc Fabregas, Busquets treads on his opponent’s face in a fairly shocking moment.

There isn’t any conclusive evidence to suggest Busquets’ act was deliberate, but you wouldn’t blame the Spanish authorities for taking a closer look.

So what do you think? Was Busquets guilty of a truly shocking act? Or was it just a mistake?

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Busquets' apparent stamp


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