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Barcelona Issue Apology to Real Betis for Tweet Posted After 5-2 La Liga Victory

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2019

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 25: Antoine Griezmann of FC Barcelona celebrates goal 2-1 during the La Liga Santander  match between FC Barcelona v Real Betis Sevilla at the Camp Nou on August 25, 2019 in Barcelona Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Barcelona have apologised to Real Betis for a tweet posted after their match in La Liga on Sunday.

The Spanish champions won 5-2 at the Camp Nou, and the Blaugrana's official Twitter account posted an image of former Betis player Junior holding five fingers up. The 23-year-old joined Barca from the Seville club in August, but he did not feature in Sunday's game.

According to Adam Payne of the Mirror, fans from both teams were unhappy about the "disrespectful" tweet, prompting Barca to make their apology:

FC Barcelona @FCBarcelona

. @FCBarcelona wish to sincerely apologise for any offence caused to Real Betis and their supporters regarding a tweet sent out on Sunday evening. No disrespect was intended, but we were wrong to publish it on a night that was very special for Junior. https://t.co/JyvRDw7cuQ

Per Payne, one Barca fan tweeted: "Show some respect to our opponents. We are Barca. This isn't funny at all. I'm sure Junior also won't appreciate it."

The Catalan side gained their first La Liga win of the season after a shock 1-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao on the opening day.

Antoine Griezmann grabbed a brace, with Carles Perez, Jordi Alba and Arturo Vidal getting their names on the scoresheet in the second half.

Barca are ninth during the early stages of the competition, but they will expect to resume business as usual as they fight for top spot in the weeks ahead.