Barça advises its players on how to deal with fans

Barcelona's first team players receive periodic talks from the club about how to treat fans who gather outside the club's facilities, either to ask for autographs or in some cases, as happened recently to Iñigo Martínez, insult them.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
01 April 2024 Monday 22:26
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Barça advises its players on how to deal with fans

Barcelona's first team players receive periodic talks from the club about how to treat fans who gather outside the club's facilities, either to ask for autographs or in some cases, as happened recently to Iñigo Martínez, insult them. .

According to Barça, these meetings with the footballers are organized with the purpose of explaining to them that if they stop to sign autographs around the club's sports facilities, a dangerous situation may arise due to the accumulation of people on public roads.

Likewise, the entity has also warned footballers that falling for the provocations of some fans can mean damage to the reputation of both themselves and the club itself.

Barcelona holds these talks to avoid, as far as possible, incidents such as the one recently suffered by Iñigo Martínez, who a few days ago had a public clash with a fan in the surroundings of the Joan Gamper Sports City, in Sant Joan Despí. (Barcelona). In a video published this Monday on social networks, the footballer is seen, outside his car, arguing with a fan who had allegedly insulted him.

It is not the only incident of this nature that has occurred in recent years between footballers and this profile of fans, many of them 'tiktokers' (content creators of the social network 'TikTok'), in the vicinity of the sports city. .

In the past, Robert Lewandowski, who had a watch stolen, Leo Messi, Samuel Umtiti, Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba and Ez Abde also suffered incidents with 'tiktokers'.

In fact, for a time, the Barça club did not publish the team's training schedule to avoid the concentration of this type of fans in the vicinity of the Ciudad Deportiva.

From Barça, it is highlighted that in any incident that happens on public roads with players, once they have left the facilities and circulate with their vehicles, the club's private security service cannot intervene directly because the powers of action They correspond to the local police and/or the Mossos d'Esquadra, depending on the type of incident.

Despite this, the club emphasizes that its private security service places special emphasis on the prevention, management and resolution of any incident that may occur outside the sports city, whether at the entrance or exit of the stadium. the football players.

In this sense, the club's security department is constantly coordinating with the security forces and bodies with the aim of communicating incidents that occur in the surroundings of the Joan Gamper Sports City and trying to minimize the associated risks.