Complaints after the match
The Copa del Rey quarter final first leg between Real Sociedad and Barcelona - which ended in a narrow victory for the visitors - had controversy surrounding it on the pitch. But this has since extended to social media post-match.
Otra vez lo mismo de siempre! Otra vez...— Asier Illarramendi (@illarra4) 19 de enero de 2017
It all started when La Real's midfielder, Asier Illarramendi, posted a message on Twitter to follow up his quotes after the game in which he questioned the referee's decision not to give Lionel Messi a second yellow card for time-wasting. His tweet read: "The same again as always! Another time..."
Control nefasto 💩💩💩 pero ...........Y LO SABES👉🏼 pic.twitter.com/1FfqBrjLVO— David Zurutuza (@DZurutuza) 19 de enero de 2017
An hour after this, teammate, David Zurutuza continued the complaints on Twitter, this time including a photo to back up his argument: "Terrible control 💩💩💩 ...........and you know it!"
More fuel added from Rakitic
"I don't know if he's brave enough to say this to some of his own teammates..."
These comments drew Barcelona's Rakitic into the conversation and his response was directed at Illarramendi saying, "I don't know what Illara is compaining about, we should have had another penalty in the game. Sometimes it's better to leave your phone a little longer in your pocket..."
And just when it looked like the mini-storm was about to blow over, up popped Sociedad defender, Raúl Navas, who wasn't happy with the Croatian's comments: "I think he also has to have a look inwards and I don't know if he's brave enough to say this to some of his own teammates who speak more than Illarra, on and off Twitter". This seems a very obvious finger-pointing towards Barça's centre-back, Gerard Piqué, who has been a vocal voice of the club.