The bitter off-field feud that has accompanied the Champions League semi-final between Barcelona and Real Madrid turned into a racism storm as Jose Mourinho's assistant coach, Aitor Karanka, hit out at UEFA for overlooking the abuse allegedly directed at the Real Madrid full-back Marcelo by Sergio Busquets.
Karanka claimed that the semi-final second leg was of only "secondary importance" in the face of UEFA's failure to act to defend fair play and the abandonment of ethics in the sport.
"There will be a player on the pitch who racially abused another," the assistant coach said, "while others who have done nothing wrong won't be there."
Karanka's comments come in the light of a video released by Real Madrid that they claim shows Busquets calling Marcelo a "monkey".
They also came hours after UEFA announced that it had rejected the complaint made by Real Madrid against eight Barcelona players for "unsporting behaviour". Barca coach, Pep Guardiola, insisted Busquets had merely made a "mistake" and that it would be up to UEFA to decide his fate.