Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin has launched a scathing attack on Barcelona, according to ESPN.
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Marin reckons Barca’s consistent tapping up of Antoine Griezmann is not only illegal, but also unethical.
Last summer, they played repeated dirty tricks to try and prise Coutinho from our grasp, unsettling the Brazilian to such an extent he handed in a transfer request the day before our season started.
They eventually secured him in January, after ‘accidentally’ selling his shirt on the Barcelona website before a deal was complete.
Throughout this campaign, they’ve done the same with Atleti’s superstar Griezmann, who is now stalling on a new deal.
“We’re fed up with Barcelona’s attitude,” Marin wrote in a statement.
“That a president and a player speak the way they’ve done about the future of a player with an existing contract – and just a few days before disputing a European final – shows an absolute lack of respect towards Atletico Madrid and the club’s fans.
“Atletico’s stance is very clear and has been made public on numerous occasions.
Not once have we negotiated for Griezmann, nor do we have any intention to do so. A few months ago, I personally expressed to [Bartomeu] that our player isn’t for sale nor are we going to sell him.
“At the same time, I let him know that his inappropriate conduct was against the integrity of the competition, especially since we’ve been competing for the league title throughout the season and Barcelona have been continuously pressuring one of the most important players.”
Well said, Marin.
It’s about time Barca’s bullying tactics were punished.
How can they keep getting away with such flagrant disregard for the rules?
It’s illegal to approach a player without his club’s permission, but they don’t even try to make a secret of it anymore.
It’s just a shame they got knocked out in the Champions League quarterfinal, as beating them this term would have been one of our sweetest victories of modern times.