Barcelona full-back Jordi Alba has issued a public apology after he made a middle finger gesture against Real Sociedad on Sunday evening.
Having been 2-0 down inside 35 minutes, Barca battled back to beat Eusebio’s side at the Anoeta thanks to goals from Paulinho, Luis Suarez (2) and a sublime Lionel Messi free-kick.
The result saw the Catalan side move even further clear at the top of the league table and a huge 19 points ahead of Real Madrid, who linger down in fourth place.
Alba, who has been in superb form this season for the club, was heavy in his celebrations at the comeback, which television replays showed him putting his middle finger up to a Sociedad fan.
Having seen the replays, the Spanish international has issued an apology, before explaining some light on the incident.
“I was caught, no?” Alba said to reporters.
“If I offended anyone then I apologise. I’m like that on the pitch. They were saying all kind of things to me and I took it as part of the spectacle.
“I didn’t mean to annoy anyone. If the person that offended me knew me, I am sure they would come to dinner with me.”
Barca’s lead at the top of the La Liga table also sees them remain unbeaten and now the only team in the top five European leagues to have that accolade.
Ernesto Valverde’s side prepare for the mid-week Copa del Rey clash with Espanyol now, before a trip to free-scoring Real Betis at the weekend.
Valverde will find himself without Ousmane Dembele, who despite only just returning from injury; has been ruled out for a further four weeks with a hamstring problem.