On Saturday, Edgar Villamar and his two children decided to go to the Real Madrid match against Osasuna in Pamplona. The family, wearing Real Madrid jerseys and brandishing a flag, sat in the home-fan section of the Reyno de Navarra.
Little did they know, a few Osasuna supporters had a problem with this blatant support of Real Madrid. Osasuna has a strong rivalry with Los Blancos, and as a result, a few men harassed the family, as well as pulling the Real Madrid flag repeatedly from the children's hands. The horrific incident was caught on video and has caused much outrage in Madrid.
After seeing the incident caught on tape by La Sexta, Emilio Butragueño, invited the family to the Champions League match against APOEL Nicosia. Also, Osasuna issued an official apology to the family saying that these were a small minority of fans: "The club would like to acknowledge the horrendous behavior observed in the television recording and point out that it is obviously completely unrelated to other Osasuna fans."
Prior to the match, all of the Villamar family were invited to the club cafe, RealCafe, and the Real Madrid museum. They enjoyed the 5-2 thrashing in the Presidential seats, along with Florentino Pérez, Zinedine Zidane, and formula one racer, Fernando Alonso. Here is the full story with some additional photos of the family on the club's official website.
Edgar Villamar felted honored: "We are proud to be here and this is an incredible gesture on Real Madrid's part. What happened is over now. It's a shame to see people like that in football, but fortunately there are few of them around. We know they had nothing to do with Osasuna FC; it was just those four. This means a lot to us. It is an unforgettable and grandiose experience. Thank you so much. That's all we can say. We didn't know the Bernabeu and we've done so in impeccable fashion."
What did you think of the incident? Do you think the family should have known not to brandish a rival's flag? For more information, read the Marca story of the incident.