Villarreal defeated Real Madrid 3-2 at the Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday, but football is the last thing on the agenda the day after the game. Federico Valverde attacked Álex Baena after the match, who was teasing the Uruguayan about his almost unborn son.
Quite shocking news circulated the internet on Saturday night. El Chirinquito TV was the first to report the news, followed by all the most trusted Spanish journalists such as Mario Cortegana and Arancha Rodríguez.
Federico Valverde waited in the car park after the game against Villarreal for the opposing teammate Álex Baena and punched him in the face. Before he attacked the Yellow Submarine midfielder, he should have shouted at him to repeat what he said on the pitch about his son.
Police and security were present for the whole incident, and Villarreal has the whole conflict on tape. So what made Valverde so angry that he waited for Baena and attacked him?
It all started back in January when the two teams met in the Copa del Rey. At the time, it was publicly revealed that Valverde was going through a difficult time, as his pregnant wife Mina Bonino was apparently going to lose their unborn child. It was harsh news for the running midfielder, and so a dip in form logically followed, with him looking as if his thoughts were elsewhere in several games.
But in the Copa del Rey match, Álex Baena decided to give him a hard time and taunted him, ” Now cry if your baby isn’t born. “ Valverde got over it, only to have Baena repeat similar comments in yesterday’s match.
The captain of the Uruguayan national team exploded and wanted to hit Baena on the field. But in the end he reportedly told him that he would wait for him after the game, that nothing is more than his family.
Denial of swearing
The entire incident was confirmed on Twitter by Baena himself, but he logically denies making similar comments. However, anyone would guess that the calm and even popular among opposing players Valverde, who has had no incidents so far and is described as a smiling family man, must have had some reason for the aggression.
“I am very happy for such an impressive victory at the Santiago Bernabéu, but I am also very sad about the aggression I suffered after the game. I’m surprised at what people are saying about me. It’s absolutely not true that I would say something like that,” Baena defended himself.
Valverde will probably get a big punishment, which will be well deserved, aggression is not approved and you can’t be handing out fists to opposing players. However, anyone with a child at home or expecting one will understand Valverde’s behaviour. You don’t touch a family, plain and simple.
Source: El Chirinquito, Twitter
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