Barcelona forward Luis Suarez was involved in an angry confrontation with Espanyol players in the tunnel following his side’s bad-tempered 4-1 Copa del Rey victory at the Nou Camp .
According to the referee’s report, the former Liverpool man waited in the tunnel for the Espanyol squad, shouting: “I’m waiting for you, come here, you waste of space”.
Referee Martinez Munuera included the incident in his post-match report after dishing out eight yellow cards and two reds to the visitors, who lost their heads in the heavy defeat.
Munuera’s report confirmed that Pape Diop was dismissed for insulting Suarez’s mother, calling her a “w****”, which led to the angry scenes in the tunnel after the game.
“At the end of the game, once in the tunnel, Barça’s No.9, Suarez, Luis, while the Espanyol players were coming up the stairs, waited for them and shouted at them on various occasions,” the report reads.
“He said: ‘I’m waiting for you, come here! You waste of space.’
“It provoked a confrontation between players of both clubs and the present security guards had to get involved, as did coaches of both teams.”
Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta also looked to play down the scenes in the fiercely contested local derby.
“Violence is a very strong word, in games like this there’s a lot of rivalry and contact,” he said.
Opposition forward Gerard Moreno claimed “Barcelona players were waiting in the tunnel to provoke us.”
Espanyol took an surprise ninth-minute lead through Marco Asensio, only to see Lionel Messi level things up four minutes later.