Another exciting Real Betis game, this time against cross city rivals Sevilla. The news in the aftermath of the game was not covered by the players on the pitch however. Comments made by the Sevilla manager Joaquin Caparros in the build up to the match took the attention.
Not only were these simply ‘comments’ rather, the interm manager decided to sing the club’s anthem on the players coach upon arriving at Estadio Villamarin on Saturday.
As the game finished in a 2-2 draw in front of a packed home crowd yet again, Caparros took centre stage in the aftermath of the game. The video of the Sevilla manager’s gestures and comments made toward Real Betis and their supporters surfaced and spread across social media over the weekend.
The Spaniard, who is expected to take over the role of heading the youth development in the club from next season made an apology.
Via his own twitter account, Caparros stated: “I want to apologise to the fans of Real Betis, to whom I made an ugly and unfortunate gesture and comment … the rivalry in Seville is known for its closeness but should never reach those extremes and I was wrong.” He even took the opportunity to congratulate his rivals in achieving European football, stopping short of mentioning the fact they finished above Sevilla.
The Andalucian side have steadied under the tutelage of Caparros since taking charge in late April. He has guided them to two wins and one draw in his three games in charge.
As mentioned, he is not expected to stay in charge of the first team next season and will take over the youth system instead. Most notably know for bringing Sergio Ramos and Jesus Navas into the first team during his spell in charge form 2000 to 2005, it is hoped he will unearth players of similar ilk going forward.