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Jordi Alba gave Real Madrid fans the finger while celebrating Leo Messi’s goal

Brooks Peck
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(@Footballogue)

In the second Clasico of the last five days, Real Madrid picked up right where they left off in their 3-1 second-leg win at Barcelona on Tuesday to advance to the Copa del Rey final. Karim Benzema opened the decidedly less important La Liga edition with a goal in the sixth minute, but Lionel Messi was able to snap his inexcusable streak of one whole match without a goal by scoring in the 18th minute. (UPDATE: Real Madrid won 2-1 with an 82nd minute goal from Sergio Ramos.)

As Barcelona celebrated the equalizer, Jordi Alba was caught giving the Bernabeu what looked like a middle finger salute. This, of course, was met by immediate outrage in certain corners of the Internet.

So what was Alba reacting to? Take a look at the crowd right behind the celebratory group hug...

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I'm counting at least six middle fingers from the crowd in that picture alone (plus a pair of horns). As a professional, Alba should be able to hold back the urge to retaliate. Then again, this is apparently a guy who still gets driven to training by his dad everyday.

UPDATE: After the match, Alba denied making any gesture to the Madrid fans (via Football Espana):

“I have not made any gestures to the Real Madrid fans,” he told reporters after the game. “I have not done a thing."

Middle, index or hand tail, that was definitely a gesture aimed at a section full of home supporters.

UPDATE II: Here's another angle on Alba's gesture. Index it is!

(@messileftfoot)

So, more "top of the table" than obscene, but the sentiment isn't much different.

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