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Barcelona star gets out of car to confront angry supporter outside training ground

Barcelona star gets out of car to confront angry supporter outside training ground

He was furious after being insulted by his own fan.

Barcelona defender Íñigo Martínez got out of his car to confront a fan who insulted him while leaving the Spanish side's training ground.

Barcelona signed Inigo Martinez last summer on a free transfer from Athletic Club. However, they did not register him until late in the transfer window, capitalising on injury issues to keep him out of the squad before that.

The club only managed to register him for a single year instead of both seasons he is currently contracted to the club which has fueled speculation about the potential departure of the Basque defender.

Despite looking likely to be moved on in the summer, Sport reports that Barcelona is reluctant to leave Martinez in a challenging situation and is willing to assist him in finding a new club. However, this decision may also be partly motivated by the desire to alleviate some of his salary costs for the following year as Barcelona remain in a period of financial uncertainty.

Martinez has earned 21 caps for the senior Spain national team, with his debut dating back to 2013 when he was considered one of the nation's brightest prospects.

Martinez's precarious situation has led to some fans turning against him, and the defender was filmed confronting a fan outside Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

A video of the altercation between Martinez and the fan was shared on social media platform X, captioned: "If you leave Athletic you end up losing..."

The 32-year-old stopped his car at the exit and decided to get out and square up to the fan who was insulting him.

The defender repeated the following repeatedly at the young fan, "That's the last time," and called the supporter an "idiot."

Martínez also directed some of his fury towards the fan filming the exchange.

"The last time you insult me. To him (cameraman) it's the same thing," He stated.

The 32-year-old center-back has generally performed well when called upon, but has been hindered by fitness concerns playing 15 times to date in La Liga this season.

Featured Image Credit: @julenathclub via X

Topics: Barcelona, La Liga