‘Cristiano is a drunk’ chant lands Barca in hot water

BARCELONA football club has been charged by La Liga after a section of supporters chanted ‘Cristiano is a drunk’ at the side’s weekend game against Levante.

The chant of ‘Cristiano es un borracho’ was heard repeatedly at the Nou Camp on Sunday in reference to the Portuguese star’s 30th birthday celebrations last week. Ronaldo partied the night away on the same night that Real Madrid were thrashed 4-0 by city rivals Atletico. He received criticism for celebrating and was also voted as the game’s worst player by sports newspaper Marca.

La Liga president Javier Tebas has brought charges against Barcelona after delegates listened back to audio recordings of the club’s match against Levante. The charges have been brought before the league’s Anti-Violence Commission and the Competition Committee.

“Chants heard at the stadium, during the game, in minute 65 and from the group of spectators… formed of around 200 people… identified as a group known as Almogavers… initiated the following chant: ‘He is a drunk, Cristiano is a drunk’, in reference to Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo, in a repetitive and coordinated manner. It was not followed or sung by the rest of the spectators present in the stadium, whose behaviour was totally correct throughout the game,” said a statement.

Ronaldo, whose father died of an alcohol-related illness in 2005, doesn’t drink alcohol.

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