Barcelona responded to Real Madrid’s refusal to give them a guard of honour by creating one of their own as they left the pitch following Sunday’s 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp.
Barcelona clinched La Liga title with victory at Deportivo last weekend, and it is customary for teams to create a guard of honour as a show of respect for newly-crowned champions.
When Zinedine Zidane’s side refused to honour their rivals, Barcelona improvised a guard of honour at full time, with staff members applauding the players as they left the pitch.
“As we are a family, and they didn’t want to give us a guard of honour, I’ve asked our staff to make one,” Gerard Pique explained to the crowd, as quoted by Marca.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu expressed his disappointment at Madrid’s disrespect and said that Barcelona would have honoured Madrid if the roles were reversed.
“The guard of honour is a matter of respect between players and professionals who play,” Bartlomeu told
Puyol in 2008: “As a Culé, it’s hurt to make “pasillo” at Bernabeu, but as professionals, we have to acknowledge champions & we will do that.” pic.twitter.com/lO4l2wDVjb
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Madrid’s defence for not making a guard of honour was that Barcelona had refused to give them one at the Santiago Bernabeu after they won the Club World Cup in December, but Bartolomeu dismissed this reasoning.
“We make the guard of honour in the competitions we play,” he explained. “