Violence broke out across Barcelona at the weekend as Eamon Dunphy said again that he thought Leo Messi is past it.
The 96-year-old Irish pundit said: “Okay, Messi’s started the season quite well with 11 goals in seven matches – but when I look at him I’m just waiting for the wheels to come off and his scoring rate to plummet.”
Dunphy added that nobody in the stadium sang Messi’s name after his two goals against Las Palmas (in a match that was played behind closed doors).
“That didn’t surprise me, as the crowd there are no mugs and know he’s on the way down,” Dunphy said.
An angry mob immediately appeared in Barcelona’s main square – where several RTE presenters own holiday apartments – after the comments were broadcast.
“It’s so unfair!” said one protestor. “Messi may have won five Ballon d’Ors and four Champions Leagues, but until he was won the respect of that ranty old Irishman, there will be something missing in his career.”
Politicians and FC Barcelona called for calm after the clashes, with the club encouraging fans to show their opposition to Dunphy at their next home match.
Fans plan to hold a number of giant letters spelling G-O-B-S-H-I-T-E under a banner of Dunphy before kick-off.
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