Florentino Perez decided not to watch El Clasico, he attended another match instead
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Florentino Perez wasn't at the Nou Camp to see Real Madrid lose the latest edition of El Clasico to Barcelona, instead watching one of his other teams.
It wasn't a good night for Real, as they saw an early lead against Barca turn into defeat in the 92nd minute, as Franck Kessie side footed home the winner in injury time.
That goal pretty much ended any hopes Carlo Ancelotti's side had of defending their La Liga title, as it extended their rivals lead in the league to 12 points.
In order to win the league, Real may have to hope that the charges against Barcelona for alleged corruption find them guilty, and the Catalan giants are relegated.
Whilst fans of the visitors inside the Nou Camp would no doubt have slumped back in their seats at the sight of Kessie's goal, perhaps their most famous fan wasn't in attendance.
President Perez, the man who has claimed he started the European Super League to 'save football' because young people couldn't sit through a whole 90 minutes wasn't able to sit through the game.
Instead the 76-year-old decided to stay in the Spanish capital to watch Real's basketball team take on Saski Baskonia in the Liga ACB.
Unfortunately for him, he couldn't actually avoid watching his team lose, as the basketball side went down 88-95 to the team from Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Florentino Perez did not watch El Clasico, and attended Real Madrid's Basketball match, which they also lost. pic.twitter.com/O2fcIE0DqE— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) March 19, 2023
According to reports, the president didn't want to visit the Nou Camp for the game, because he was worried about the potentially hostile environment towards him in the stadium.
Following the charges against their rivals, Perez called an emergency meeting at the Santiago Bernabeu to discuss the matter, and what it meant for his side.
In a statement, the 14 times European champions said, "Real Madrid wishes to express its utmost concern regarding the gravity of the facts and reiterates its confidence in the legal system.
"The club has agreed that, in defence of its legitimate rights, it will appear at the trial when the judge opens it up to the affected parties."
The loss against Barca isn't the end of Real's season though, as they can still defend the Champions League title they currently hold.
They will have to go through the tough part of the draw, taking on Chelsea and then either Bayern Munich or Manchester City, just to get to the final, which is all a Serie A led conspiracy, apparently.
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