Fast and furious: Real Madrid acts over fans’ ‘violent actions’

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After its title charge in Spain’s La Liga stalled, Real Madrid is planning to take action against supporters who allegedly vandalized cars owned by the club’s players.

The squad returned to the Spanish capital following its 2-1 defeat by arch rival Barcelona in the early hours of Monday morning where they were met by fans who were unhappy with their display.

It is alleged that cars, including those owned by Gareth Bale and Jese Rodriguez were both targeted, while coach Carlo Ancelotti was also allegedly abused.

Real said on its website that it had suspended a club member and banned him from their properties pending an investigation.

Three men are alleged to have insulted players and struck at least one of the vehicles.

“The club has already identified the individuals responsible, one a Real Madrid member, for these aggressive and violent actions against several of our players,” Real said in the statement.

“Details of this member’s identity have been sent to the club’s discipline commission, requesting that it expel the individual from Real Madrid for what is considered a very serious offense.

“This afternoon, the discipline commission held an emergency meeting and decided to open a disciplinary investigation and provisionally suspend the individual’s rights as a member and access to the Santiago Bernabéu or any Real Madrid facilities.

“Real Madrid has notified Spain’s National Anti-Violence Commission of the incidents that took place, as well as the identities of the individuals responsible, requesting that it apply those sanctions that it considers appropriate

“Furthermore, Real Madrid will take any applicable legal action against the individuals responsible for these incidents”

According to television pictures captured by Spanish television channel Cuatro, the incident happened when the players failed to stop their cars to speak with fans outside of the club’s Valdebebas training complex.

In recent weeks Bale has been singled out for criticism with some supporters claiming the winger is struggling to justify his $120 million price tag.

Real Madrid is four points behind leader Barcelona with 10 games of the La Liga season remaining.

Supporters are frustrated at the team’s current run of form after it squandered pole position in the title race to Barcelona.

Real started the season on fire and set a new Spanish record by winning 22 games in succession.

But its form has faltered leading club president Florentino Perez to hold an impromptu press conference to defend Ancelotti only last month.

“The fans have always been critical when we haven’t been performing as we should,” Sergio Ramos, the Real captain, told Spanish radio.

“There are some players who have complained because they haven’t had the support of the fans but when your public demands more it is because you can give more.

“You have to live with it. You have respect it whether you like it or not.”

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