Barca warn Real Madrid not to cross the line


Barcelona on Thursday warned their great rivals Real Madrid they would be forced to sever ties between the clubs if Real continue to “cross the line” of sportsmanship. “Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are ancient institutions with many supporters and aficionados,” said Barca president Sandro Rosell during a press conference.
“(But if) the line is crossed, we would be forced to break off our institutional relations, which we do not wish to do in any form.” Rosell heralded “the best season in the history of the club,” at the end of a campaign in which Barca won their third successive Spanish league title and defeated Manchester United in the Champions League final. He then turned his attention to Real, and particularly the spiky exchanges between the clubs that accompanied their series of four matches in the space of 18 days in April and May.
“Real Madrid crossed the line of acceptable sporting rivalry by making accusations against our club without any foundation,” he said.