Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez has said he was left saddened by the hostility aimed at his team by Athletic Bilbao fans during his side’s 1-0 win at San Mames on Sunday.
Raphinha grabbed the winning goal in the first half of the match to restore their nine-point lead at the top of La Liga.
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However, during the game, Athletic fans protested following allegations the Catalan club bought favorable treatment from referees.
The home crowd threw money marked with “mafia $” and Barca’s badge onto the pitch during the first half and chanted for Xavi’s side to be relegated “to the second division.”
“It was sad to see. [Barca] are being judged before time, which I don’t think is good for society.
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“Everyone is free to [air their opinion], and I respect all opinions, whether I agree with them or not, but it made me sad,” Xavi said after the game.