Barrage of Twitter abuse forces Carles Aleñá to close account
The 22-year-old has just moved from Barcelona to Real Betis and the social media reaction to comments made on the 'El Larguero' radio show led to the situation.
Real Betis recently confirmed the loan acquisition of Carles Aleñá with the player joining the Seville based outfit from FC Barcelona until the end of the current campaign.
On Wednesday night the midfielder appeared on the 'El Larguero' late night radio sports show and was asked by host Manu Carreño if moving to Betis had made the player become "antisevillista" (a Sevilla FC hater) with Aleñá's reply leading to online fury that later prompted the player to close his Twitter account after an influx of abuse from angry Sevilla fans.
The player replied: "Well, the truth is that I have, of course. When one arrives at Betis and you witness how intense the city rivalry is... it's now clear that I'm totally dedicated to the Real Betis cause". Aleña's tone was playful and the question was answered in a jocular manner. The problem arose when the community manager for the radio show relayed the Betis player's answer "Yes, I've become a Sevilla hater" on a later Twitter post.
Following a deluge of Twitter abuse from Sevilla fans, Aleñá opted to close down his personal account on Thursday following a series of crude and offensive posts although there were a series of posts claiming that the quote was taken out of context on the original "El Larguero" post.