Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina says he cannot doubt Sergio Busquets in the row over whether the Barcelona man meant to stamp on Pepe.
The midfielder has denied any wrongdoing regarding the incident that occurred during the Clasico with Real Madrid, prompting his opponent to brand him a liar.
“I am close to Busi,” Reina said today. “He is a fantastic bloke and you cannot doubt him as a person.
“He has done a lot for the national team and you have to appreciate everything he has done.
“His behaviour with the national team has been exemplary.
“I haven’t really followed the saga much. I would prefer that we say good things about Busi because I get on very well with him and I have no doubts as to how he is as a person.
“On the football pitch things happen. There are arguments and moments of tension as everyone is representing their team.
“What takes place out on the pitch must stay out on the pitch.”