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Real Madrid honouring Barcelona would be 'humiliating' - Javier Tebas

Real Madrid honouring Barcelona would be 'humiliating' - Javier Tebas
From ESPN - April 17, 2018

La Liga president Javier Tebas has said he understands why Real Madrid will not form a guard of honour for Barcelona in next month's Clasico.

Since Athletic Bilbao honoured Atletico Madrid in 1970, teams have acknowledged the achievement of the Liga winners with a pasillo -- two lines of players welcoming the champions onto the pitch.

But Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his side would not do so at the Camp Nou on May 6, by which time Barca are expected to have secured the title.

Tebas told AS: "I would have liked for the tradition to have been maintained.

"But if it's to humiliate a rival, I do not like it. I prefer it to be left to one side for some time until we return to having common sense.

"It's a decision by the clubs. But what I sense is that it's not a homage to the champions but rather, especially with Barca and Madrid, a humiliation."

Zidane was annoyed when Barca decided against the gesture at the Bernabeu in December following Madrid's Club World Cup win, saying they had "broken the tradition."

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