The most controversial moments in history of the Derbi Barceloni
Barcelona will visit Espanyol this Wednesday evening for a Copa del Rey Catalan derby and there's a good chance it could be a tense evening. These derbies are often feisty, packed with plenty of controversy.
Gaspart not welcome
Back in 1999, when Espanyol played at Montjuic, former Barcelona president Joan Gaspart was declared a 'persona non grata', up until he asked for forgiveness and had that status removed in 2001.
When Ernesto Valverde was Espanyol coach, his side won 3-1 at Montjuic in a Catalan derby, provoking Frank Rijkaard into punching the dugout.
Raul Tamudo score one of the most famous Catalan derby goals in 2007 in the final minutes of a league match, levelling the game and costing Barcelona the title.
In September of 2008, some extreme Barcelona fans threw six flares towards Espanyol supporters at Montjuic, focing the game to be stopped for eight minutes.
First Camp Nou win
Another moment for the blue and whites to remember was in February of 2009, when Ivan de la Pena scored twice to earn a first win at the Camp Nou in 27 years.
Three feisty January derbies
Barcelona and Espanyol met each other three times in quick succession in January of 2016 and the latter's style of play was criticised for supposedly being rough. During that aforementioned series of hot-tempered derbies, Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez stamped on Lionel Messi, even if he insisted the next day that he wouldn't go out to try to intentionally hurt an opponent.
"This isn't American football, this is a sport in which you pass the ball," Gerard Pique said in that busy January two years ago, criticising Espanyol's style of play. Following Pique's comments, some Espanyol fans displayed offensive banners against Pique and his wife Shakira.