MADRID - Spain must share the blame for an
ugly brawl that marred their friendly game against Chile on
Friday and the image the team projected was regrettable, said
the world champions' coach Vicente del Bosque.
The trouble, which erupted after Cesc Fabregas netted
Spain's winner in a 3-2 success in St. Gallen, Switzerland,
coincided with FIFA's Fair Play Day. The world governing body's
president Sepp Blatter had said he wanted international matches
to set a good example.
"The spectacle we made of ourselves at the end of the game
was not gratifying," Del Bosque said ahead of Spain's Euro 2012
qualifier at home to Liechtenstein on Tuesday.
"I understand the anger and frustration of the Chilean team,
although I am also aware that we share some of the blame," the
former Real Madrid player and coach told a news conference.
The Spanish players said the way they stood up for each
other during the fight proved they were united and had buried
any suspicions of a rift between the Real Madrid and Barcelona
members of the squad following recent acrimonious clashes
between the clubs.
Spain, the defending champions, can join Germany in
qualifying for the Euro 2012 tournament jointly hosted by
Ukraine and Poland with a win over Group I minnows Liechtenstein
in Logrono on Tuesday.
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