The Spanish Football Federation, La Liga, has accepted Real Madrid’s decision not to honour league leaders Barcelona with a guard of an honour. The Los Cules, who have an 11 point advantage over second-placed Atletico Madrid are not yet mathematically champions but are expected to have the league wrapped up by the time the two teams meet next month.
Zidane stays firm
Traditionally, league winners are given a guard of honour by their opponents. However, Los Blancos boss Zidane has confirmed Real Madrid will break that tradition.
‘We will not give a guard of honour, this is my decision,’ said Zidane.
‘Barcelona didn’t follow the tradition when we won the Club World Cup. ‘This is my decision.’ reaffirmed the Frenchman
La Liga sides with Real Madrid
La Liga president Javier Tebas has now backed Madrid’s decision not to honour Barcelona with a guard of honour.
I would have liked for the tradition to have been maintained,” he said
“But if it’s to humiliate a rival, I don’t like it. I prefer it to be left to one side for some time until we return to having common sense.
“It’s a decision by the clubs. But what I sense is that it’s not a homage to the champions but rather, especially with Barca and Madrid, a humiliation.”
Despite a dreadful campaign in La Liga, Real Madrid are still within a chance to become the first time in history to win 3 consecutive Champions Leagues.