Barcelona B beat Espanyol B (0-2, with goals from Gumbau and Aleña) on Sunday, which along with Atlético Levante's draw saw the Espanyol second side relegated to the Spanish Tercera Division. And their descent also sparked controversy, when the Barcelona B players openly mocked their rivals for their relegation to the Tercera.
Barcelona B players mock Espanyol
The Barça players were seen laughing and indicating to the crowd with their thumbs that Espanyol were on their way down, which incensed the Espanyol coach, David Gallego.
"Those who say they have values, laughing at the situation of Espanyol B, with 'Down to Tercera' gestures", said Héctor Farrés García on Twitter.
Espanyol coach angry at Barcelona B's players
David Gallego, visibly angry spoke in the press conference about the behaviour of their rivals: "They might be Barcelona players, but maybe tomorrow they'll be with Reus". The Espanyol coach also said. "the attitude of the Barcelona players needs to be looked at."
Barcelona 'Mes que un club'
Barcelona's motto is 'Mes que un club', 'More than a club'. One of the pillars of 'Mes que un club', according to Barcelona's website is that: "Barça is an open club, one that brings people together and promotes positive values on a daily basis". Where players fail to live up to that, for example by openly mocking rivals, the criticism is often fiercer than it might be with other clubs.