LaLiga: Arturo Vidal 'lacked respect for teammates' by complaining on social media, says Barcelona sporting director Pep Segura
Midfielder Arturo Vidal has received a public talking down from Barcelona chiefs after the Chilean took to social media to vent his frustration at not being selected regularly.
Barcelona: Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal "lacked respect" for his teammates by complaining on social media about not playing enough, the club's sporting director Pep Segura said Thursday.
Chilean international Vidal has started only two games for the Catalan giants since his summer move to the Nou Camp from Bayern Munich. The former Juventus man is up against Croatia's Ivan Rakitic and Brazilian trio Philippe Coutinho, Arthur and Rafinha for places in a quality-packed Barca midfield.
He recently took his frustration out by posting messages on his Instagram account featuring angry or frustrated emojis, notably following Barca's 4-2 Champions League win over Tottenham.
Segura, speaking to the Catalan daily Sport, said, "a professional has to show respect for his team-mates, for the dressing room and for the coach even if the decisions that are taken are not always the ones he expects. Vidal knows he's made a mistake and that he's lacked respect for his teammates. I'm sure he will make amends."
Barca coach Ernesto Valverde, meanwhile, suggested he was not aware of Vidal's complaints. "We're a team," Valverde said at the weekend.
"I don't know what the players are putting on social media but no one tells me anything. Maybe Arturo is angry because of a domestic accident, what do I know?" added Valverde.
LaLiga: Eden Hazard makes injury return as Real Madrid slip up in title race with draw against Real Betis
Eden Hazard was thrown on for the last 15 minutes of the 0-0 draw at Valdebebas in what was only the Belgian's second appearance in three months but Madrid could not find a way through.
Lionel Messi scored his 33rd goal of the season to put Barcelona in front but they failed to put the result beyond doubt and Granada hit back, Darwin Machis driving in and Jorge Molina's header completing a remarkable turnaround.
Barcelona held on for a win that puts them level on points with Real Madrid, having a played a game less than the reigning champions.