Barcelona will lodge a complaint with Spain's anti-violence commission in relation to a tweet sent by Malaga president Abdullah Al-Thani, where he referred to the Blaugrana as "Catalan scum."
ESPN FC's Samuel Marsden reported on Thursday that Al-Thani's tweet—responding to a fan who joked Malaga should allow joint-leaders Real Madrid to beat them on the last day of the season—insisted Barca would fail in their bid to win La Liga.
It's also mentioned the tweet in question accused the region's press of creating "lies" about manager Michel.
Barcelona announced their intention to report Al-Thani on Thursday via the club's official website, with the Royal Spanish Football Federation's Competition Committee and La Liga's Department of Integrity also to be notified:
FC Barcelona @FCBarcelona
FC Barcelona issues communiqué regarding statements made by the president of Málaga CF. Read it, here: https://t.co/ztg5Vqddjo https://t.co/erNNkR4cGH4/27/2017, 11:14:23 AM
Per Barcelona's statement, the club feels Al-Thani's comment "infringes upon the principles of fair play," also calling into question the Malaga figurehead's ethics and "legal precepts."
The Anchovies' owner has proved himself to be a vocal figure on the social media platform, although Ed Malyon of the Independent highlighted this as a particularly "stupid" post:
Ed Malyon @eaamalyon
@Christian_ESEM I know Al-Thani's twitter feed is a mess but even for him this is stupid4/27/2017, 10:20:23 AM
Barcelona currently lead La Liga by virtue of their head-to-head record against Real Madrid. The pair remain level on points, with Los Merengues still to account for a game in hand.
Manager Luis Enrique's side slumped earlier in the campaign and have fought hard to regain their footing in La Liga's title race, most noticeably clawing back with a 3-2 El Clasico win over Real at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.
Barca's fear would appear to be that their graft would amount to little in the event their fate was decided on the final day of the 2016-17 season, and Real's result against Malaga that day could deliver a hammer blow either way.
Al-Thani at least insisted in his tweet that he hopes to see his side defeat Los Blancos, but it appears clear which outfit he might prefer to win La Liga's crown if he were to pick.