Levante have published an ironic statement on their official website hailing their players’ exemplary behaviour during and after the Liga match against Real Madrid, using almost the exact same wording as los Blancos in a similar declaration on Monday.
The Santiago Bernabeu side released a statement on Monday about their own players’ actions, but the Valencia side refuse to accept any blame for what happened after the final whistle.
Levante defender Sergio Ballesteros was allegedly involved in a brawl with Madrid’s Pepe, while a clash between an official from each club had to be broken up by security staff. Nevertheless, clearly neither side feel that their players or staff are in any way to blame.
“1) The behaviour of all of our players and technical staff was exemplary during the course of the match, which was held in harsh conditions for playing football, and we overcame it with professionalism, dedication and sportsmanship,” Levante’s statement reads in exactly the same wording as Madrid’s previous declaration.
“2) At the end of the game, the attitude and behaviour of the players, coaches and members of the travelling party were correct and blameless, as it had been at all times.
“3) We would like to highlight the performance of our players and technical staff during yesterday’s spectacular match, for their dedication, fight and competitiveness. We would also like to express our gratitude for the unconditional support of the fans who were cheering on the team the whole game despite the rain.
“4) Levante will continue with its philosophy of defending the values that have made our 100-year-old club loved and respected by Spanish football.“
Levante sit sixth in La Liga following their defeat against Madrid.