Barcelona president Joan Laporta was not a happy man after the team got eliminated from the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night, courtesy of a 2-3 defeat at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt.
The game, played at Camp Nou, almost felt like it was being held at Frankfurt’s home due to the number of supporters of the Bundesliga club and the atmosphere they created.
The German outfit were officially allotted 5,000 tickets for the away game as is the norm, but close to 30,000 Frankfurt supporters showed up at Camp Nou, swarming the stadium.
Manager Xavi Hernandez expressed his surprise at the situation and insisted that everyone in the dressing room wanted to know what had gone wrong. Defender Eric Garcia also claimed that it was a strange occurrence.
Now Barcelona president Laporta has also weighed in on the situation, claiming that the club will try to find out what happened and put stricter regulations in place to ensure that such instances do not occur in the future.
Taking aim at the supporters who may have sold their tickets to the opposition fans, Laporta claimed that he felt ‘ashamed’ as a Barcelona fan.
“What has happened in the stands is a shame that cannot be repeated, we must process the information we have to take action, but it’s unfortunate. We will have to be stricter and not allow certain things. I feel ashamed as a Barcelona fan,” he said.
As for the outcome of the game, Laporta insisted that the team must keep on fighting for the La Liga title following Thursday’s heartbreak.
“We have not been able to win, we have lost the tie and we have to accept it. We are all sad and angry but we have to keep going and fight for La Liga,” the president said.