Barcelona Fan Who 'Shotat Espanyol Fans Speaks Out for the First Time

Danny Ryan

Jose Manuel Perez Diaz is the Barcelona fan who controversially fired blank rounds at Espanyol fans during the Catalan derby.

The Blaugrana won the game 3-0 at the RCDE Stadium and the 53-year-old supporter has since spoken to El Periodico, as per ​Sport, about the ordeal.

He said: “I fired (blanks) in Cornella. I had a fake gun. I didn’t put anyone in danger but I regret doing it.

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“I think that it was seat 12 of row 11,” he added about the ticket that he bought for 153 euros. 

Diaz says Espanyol fans reacted to his gesture after Luis Suarez's opener with the Barca fan holding out his shirt in a similar manner to Lionel Messi's famous celebration against Real Madrid.

He went on to say that around 40 radical fans came charging towards him, forcing him into action.

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“I feared for my life and took out the gun. I pointed it at them and shot two times. Because the gun, a black 38 automatic, was fake, nobody was hurt. But nobody knew that and they fled. The people around me were scared. 

"They brought me down. Then security agents came and got me and took down a corridor next to a bar, where the police were.”

He had no problems taking it into the stadium. “They checked my backpack but didn’t pat me down, I had the gun in my waistband. Now I have to present myself twice month and have a public order to keep me away from football stadiums and public spectacles.”

RCD Espanyol v FC Barcelona - La Liga

Diaz recognises that he indulged in some alcoholic shots before the game which combined with his strong medication that combats depression.

He was brought down by two off-duty police officers in the stands who delivered him to the club's authorities, accusing him of being drunk and offensive towards the club.

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