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18th Apr 2023

Real Madrid lash out with extraordinary social media video linking Barcelona to Spanish dictator

Callum Boyle

Madrid posted the video on their social accounts as a response to Joan Laporta

Real Madrid released a four-minute video detailing arch rivals Barcelona’s links to former Spanish dictator, Francisco Franco, as a response to an alleged comment made by Barça president, Joan Laporta.

The video, which was initially aired on Real Madrid TV before being released to social media, assesses the Catalan club’s connection to Franco through archive footage and text.

In it, Madrid claim that Barça offered three medals, made him an honorary club member and that they were more successful than Los Blancos during the dictator’s reign.

Their response comes after Laporta recently referenced Madrid in a press conference while attempting to defend the club over the ongoing refereeing payment scandal hanging over the Camp Nou.

Laporta claimed that Madrid were a “team of the regime” – a term used to link the 14-time European champions to Franco during his time as ruler of Spain.

Madrid recently revealed that they were planning to testify against the Blaugrana in the investigation into the club’s payment scandal.

Barça president Laporta swiftly responded by cancelling the customary lunch between the directors of both clubs which happens before every Clasico.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side are unlikely to win the LaLiga crown this season and sit nine points behind Barcelona with nine games of the domestic campaign still to play.

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