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Real Madrid fans condemned for offensive chanting in Clasico

A spectator would be hard-pressed to find a bad seat at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid suffered a 4-0 home defeat to rivals Barcelona last Saturday.

La Liga's authorities have formally denounced Real Madrid fans for offensive chanting during last weekend's La Liga Clasico against Barcelona at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

LFP (Liga de Futbol Profesional) observers at the game, which Barca won 4-0, say they witnessed the chants coming from the official "Animation Section" of Madrid fans in the Bernabeu's south stand.

Following the procedures laid out by the Spanish FA, the LFP has formally written to the Spanish government's "Anti-violence commission"...

 By Rob Train

Casemiro must replace Toni Kroos in Real Madrid's best XI

The ESPN FC crew talk to Charlie Davies about whether or not Real Madrid have lost their place among Europe's top teams.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Alexis Nunes weigh in on whether the politics surrounding Real Madrid are damaging the team.

It has been a long audition, but Casemiro's performances this season should lead to a curtain call for Toni Kroos in the Real Madrid engine room. After the 4-0 Clasico debacle and given Casemiro's current form, there is simply no way to justify the German's inclusion in the side at the expense of the Brazilian.

In a recent interview, the man who unearthed Casemiro, Nilton Moreira, said: "Ever since he was small we saw him as a Dunga or a Mauro Silva because of his marking and his distribution." 


 By Nick Ames

Modric, Pogba and Suarez shine in Champions League TOTW

Luis Suarez scored twice in Barcelona's 6-1 thrashing of Roma.
Luis Suarez scored twice in Barcelona's 6-1 thrashing of Roma.

With the penultimate Champions League group stage matches done and dusted, it's time to look at the best XI this week ...

Champions League Team of the Week
ESPN FC's Champions League Team of the Week.

Goalkeeper: Matz Sels, Gent

Group-stage debutants Gent are on the brink of a remarkable place in the last 16, an achievement made possible by Kalifa Coulibaly's dramatic goal with the very last action of the game in Lyon on Tuesday. That 2-1 victory was something of a smash and grab and owed plenty to the form of Sels, who reacted sharply to deny Alexandre Lacazette and Rachid...

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FIFPro XI shortlist: Ronaldo's Real Madrid outnumber Messi's Barcelona

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop reacts to the FIFPro World XI shortlist, where Claudio Bravo was left off the list of goalkeepers.

Real Madrid dominate the FIFPro World XI shortlist with Cristiano Ronaldo facing a battle against Barcelona trio Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez as well as Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney for a place in attack.

FIFPro, the worldwide players' union, has announced a 55-man shortlist for the FIFA FIFPro World XI, with nearly 25,000 players from around the world voting in this year's ballot for their preferred players in a 4-3-3 formation.

Madrid lead the way with 12 representatives on the...