Pau ‘never tries to hurt opponents’

Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez insists he has never set out to hurt an opponent after he was accused of stamping on Lionel Messi.

The incident was one of a number during and after the match between the players as Barcelona won a fiery Copa del Rey first leg tie.

“Because I’ve been asked as a result of the excessive reaction yesterday, and it has generated a big bubble with what happened. I’ve never gone out to hurt anyone,” Sport quotes Lopez as saying.

“A derby is a special game. It has great intensity and the players from the cantera such as me particularly like it. I have a clear conscience.

“I’ve enjoyed [the two games] against Barca. They’ve been the best, most special in recent months because I felt the glory of defending the Espanyol shirt in a derby.”

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