Luis Enrique welcomes potential ban on Real Madrid fans

The coach has hailed the Champions League holders’ stance against the derogatory chants aimed at Barcelona and Lionel Messi

Luis Enrique has praised Real Madrid’s decision to take action against the supporters who verbally insulted Barcelona and Lionel Messi.

A section of supporters were identified as being responsible for derogatory chants aimed at the Catalans during the Santiago Bernabeu side’s 3-0 win over Celta de Vigo at the weekend.

Madrid will propose to their disciplinary board that 17 fans have their season tickets revoked as a result, and Luis Enrique feels taking such action is a step in the right direction.

“Only 17?” smiled the Barcelona boss when questioned about Madrid’s measurements.

“I think it’s good, though. I back any anti-violence measures. Even if putting an end to chants against rivals might be utopian. Everything against violence in football is welcome.”

Luis Enrique insists taking away supporter season tickets is not an excessive measure but accepts it is difficult to know when and when not to take action against supporter chanting.

“It’s not over the top to go after them but I don’t know where we draw the line. There are insults at every stadium in Spain,” he said.

“We should try and control what we can like acts of violence, but we are all good people until our passion for our team comes out.

“If we throw out everyone who insults people during football we’ll be left on our own, even without players.”

The news comes just over a week after the violent clashes between sets of ultras prior to the game between Atletico Madrid and Deportivo, in which one supporter died.

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