?Valencia defender Gabriel Paulista has claimed that Barcelona’s Luis Suarez called him a derogatory Spanish insult during the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final between the two teams.
The term that Gabriel alleges Surez used is ‘cagon’, a word in Spanish meaning someone is a chicken, wimpish or s**tty.
The Copa del Rey has been filled with obscenities this year as? Lucas Vazquez was spotted appearing to say “what a f*****g embarrassment” as he trudged off the pitch after Real Madrid crashed out of the competition to minnows Leganes.
However, according to ?Marca, the Brazilian defender handled the situation maturely and has instead stated that incidents like this are part and parcel of the 90 minutes on the pitch.
Gabriel Paulista [Valencia]: : “My teammates say that Sergi Roberto’s tackle on [Andreas] Pereira was red [card], we are in the Camp Nou and we have to fight against Barça and against referees.” pic.twitter.com/ARKacNd8Fj
— RMadrid Edition (@RMadridEdition) February 2, 2018
Gabriel overcame injury to play in the first leg and may now be rested for tomorrow’s La Liga game against Atletico Madrid to ensure he is fit for the second leg at the Mestalla on Thursday February 8.