Barcelona have been forced to clarify they do not share Dani Alves' claim that the Press treat footballers as “objects”.
The right-back accused the Press of making him feel “ashamed to be part of this sport” in a profanity-fuelled Instagram post on Friday as he also criticised them for reporting too much “rubbish”.
“I become more and more ashamed to be part of this sport with each passing day,” he wrote.
“I thought our only purpose was to defend the colours of our teams or go home either happy or sad with how the team did.
“We're objects used by the Press to benefit them, so they can sell newspapers.
“There's more rubbish and less talk about tactics, moves, dribbles, goals, saves and the game itself.”
In a statement on their official website, Barca replied: “Dani Alves published a critical message about the media on Instagram, to the extent that he used offensive language.
“Aside from the views, which the player can express freely, Barcelona feel the need to clarify that we do not share the expressions which have been published.”