Luis Suarez had done a good job avoiding controversy in his season and a half at Barcelona, but the controversial Uruguayan has landed himself back in it.
Barcelona's 4-1 victory over local rivals Espanyol last night featured some unsavoury scenes, which has propelled Suarez back under the spotlight.
Espanyol finished the match with nine men after Hernan Perez and Papakouly Diop were sent off, while goalkeeper Pau Lopez was also accused of stamping on Lionel Messi.[Watch Video]
Suarez and Diop clashed during the match and Diop was shown a straight red after apparently telling the Uruguayan that "I shit on your whore mother" in Spanish.
The allegation was made in the newspaper Diario Sport where referee Juan Martinez Munuera's report was published.
In the report, Munuera explains that the Uruguayan "provoked a confrontation" from opposition players after the final whistle.
"At the end of the game, once in the tunnel, Barca’s No 9, Suarez, Luis, while the Espanyol players were coming up the stairs, waited for them and shouted at them on various occasions," he is reported as saying.
"He said: 'I’m waiting for you, come here! You’re a waste of space'.
"It provoked a confrontation between players of both clubs and the present security guards had to get involved, as did coaches of both teams."
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has played down any talk of a scuffle, dismissing the reports as "Christmas carols".
"It isn’t down to the coaches or the players to keep the peace," he added. "It’s down to the referees to ensure that we play football and not American football. There was some tension. I’d like it if there were more football, fewer interruptions and no injuries.
"When someone oversteps the mark, it’s down to the referees to keep order. Of course there’s tension in these games. The players know each other, they’re two teams with a special rivalry, but that rivalry has to remain positive."
Lionel Messi's brace inspired the side to victory, with Neymar and Gerard Pique also getting on the scoresheet.