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Barcelona, PSG boycott interviews over controversial comment on Lamine Yamal

Posted : 11 April 2024

Barcelona and Paris St-Germain declined interviews with a television broadcaster following a controversial remark made about Lamine Yamal before their Champions League match.


German Burgos, a pundit for Spanish TV station Movistar, sparked controversy when he commented on footage of Barcelona winger Yamal doing kick-ups, suggesting he might end up at a traffic light if things didn't go well for him. Burgos has since apologized for the comment, clarifying that it was made without intent to offend anyone and expressing regret if Yamal felt hurt.


The remark, interpreted as derogatory towards individuals who perform at traffic lights and ask for money, occurred prior to Barcelona's quarter-final first-leg victory against PSG. Burgos, a former Argentine international with significant experience in Spain, has faced criticism for his remarks, with Movistar condemning his comments and vowing to take appropriate measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.


Yamal, aged 16 and of Moroccan and Equatorial Guinean descent, was born in Spain and has already made a mark in the football world, becoming the youngest player to feature in a Champions League quarter-final during Barcelona's triumph in Paris. Despite the controversy, Yamal's talent and achievements on the pitch continue to shine, with his rapid rise in the sport garnering attention and admiration.


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