Espanyol are to make an official protest over the “anti-sporting” behaviour of some Barcelona players during the derby match at the weekend.
“We will inform the national anti-violence commission of the behaviour of some Barca players” during Saturday’s match, which Barcelona won 2-1, a spokesman for Espanyol, Xavi Andreu, told AFP.
With 10-man Espanyol leading 1-0, referee Luis Medina temporarily stopped the match in the 69th minute after Barca fans threw flares at the celebrating Espanyol fans.
After Lionel Messi scored the late winning goal with a penalty, some Barcelona players celebrated before a group of Barca fans in the stands known as the “Boixos Nois”.
Espanyol claimed the players’ behaviour was “anti-sporting” and an “incitement to violence”, Andreu said.
“We are going to analyse the video images” to determine which Barca players were involved, he said.
Five Barca supporters were arrested after the match.