Barcelona: Within hours of signing for Barcelona B team, footballer Sergi Guardiola was sacked after the team management came across some offensive anti-Barcelona tweets he had posted two years back.
Sergi Guardiola signing FC Barcelona's documents on Monday. Pic/FC Barcelona Twitter
Guardiola was given a contract on Monday afternoon but then by evening Barcelona officials cancelled it. "FC Barcelona has decided to terminate the contract signed with Sergi Guardiola, after finding that he had published offensive tweets about the club and Catalonia," Barcelona said in a statement.
Guardiola had posted on Twitter calling the Catalans, 'a bit**' and wrote in support of arch-rivals Real Madrid, "Hala Madrid".
"Hala madrid puta cataluna," his tweet read. The 24-year-old later apologised for the tweets but added they were posted by a friend. "I know I made a mistake. I apologise to Catalonia and Barcelona. I understand the decision, I'd do the same," Guardiola was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
"I want to make clear I didn't write those tweets. A friend took my phone and did it. It's a misunderstanding. The tweets are from 2013, a joke from a friend, I didn't even know the tweets existed."
"Barcelona have treated me very well. I understand their decision. Now I'm going home, we'll see what happens."
"Once you're a professional, you support the team that plays best, and that's Barcelona. Joining them was a dream, now it's broken."
"I'm from Mallorca. I'm not anti-Catalan or anti-anything. I couldn't write those tweets," he added.