WATCH: Incredible footage of Espanyol pitch invasion on Barcelona’s title celebrations

WATCH: Incredible footage of Espanyol pitch invasion on Barcelona’s title celebrations

Ayoola Kelechi 09:38 - 15.05.2023

Barcelona players had to flee the scene of their LaLiga triumph after being attacked by angry Espanyol fans on Sunday night

Barcelona’s first LaLiga title in four years was almost marred as Espanyol fans evaded security and made their way towards the Blaugrana players as they celebrated in the centre circle after the match. 

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Barcelona put the finishing touches on an outstanding LaLiga triumph with a 4-2 win at the home of neighbours Espanyol to confirm their status as Champions of the 2022/23 LaLiga season but were unable to fully enjoy their title celebrations on the pitch. 

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As the players made their way to the centre circle to commemorate their 27th league title, they were interrupted by Espanyol fans who invaded the pitch to protest the lack of respect shown by the Blaugrana players for jubilating wildly in the stadium of their heated rivals. 

Barcelona players forced to flee pitch after invasion by Espanyol fans

Barcelona players were forced to abandon their celebrations and head to the safety of the dressing rooms to continue their title celebrations. 

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez said he understood the emotions of the Espanyol fans, as it must have been deeply upsetting to watch their fierce rivals celebrate a LaLiga title in their stadium while they are currently locked in a desperate relegation battle. 

However, Barcelona captains Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets did not share Xavi’s empathy towards Espanyol and had to be physically restrained by stadium security as they tried to confront the angry fans who had invaded the pitch and spoilt the title celebrations. 

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