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Carlo Ancelotti breaks silence on Saudi crowd booing Toni Kroos during Spanish Super Cup semi-final

Carlo Ancelotti breaks silence on Saudi crowd booing Toni Kroos during Spanish Super Cup semi-final

Kroos' every touch was booed by fans in Saudi Arabia during the Madrid derby.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has issued a response after fans booed Toni Kroos' every touch during the Super Cup semi-final in Saudi Arabia.

Ancelotti's side came out 5-3 winners against their city rivals Atletico Madrid in the derby clash which was held at the Al-Awwal Park stadium in Riyadh.

The two sides couldn't be separated after 90 minutes, with Dani Carvajal's 85th-minute equaliser cancelling out Antonio Rudiger's own goal after a topsy-turvy game to draw Real level.

Real had trailed, led midway through the half and fell behind again before the game went the distance, with goals in extra-time from Josleu and Brahim Diaz ultimately breaking Atleti's resistance.

Despite a high-scoring affair, it was Toni Kroos who dominated the majority of the post-match headlines due to the treatment of the World Cup winner by the crowd, which was dominated by local fans.

Kroos was booed whenever he was on the ball after coming on as a substitute in the 67th minute.

Supporters also cheered when the German slipped making a pass, seemingly waiting on the midfielder to make any kind of error.

Kroos, 34, has had to accept a lesser role this season with just 13 starts due to Madrid's new-look youthful midfield.

Kroos jokingly responded to the treatment after the match by posting on X: "That was fun today! Amazing crowd."

The jeers are a result of Kroos' negative comments towards the Saudi Pro League during the summer, after he criticised players who left Europe for a hefty payday.

Speaking during the summer, Kroos said: "It’s been said that they play ambitious football there, but it’s all about money."

Toni Kroos was booed throughout Real Madrid's win over Atletico Madrid (

“The lack of human rights, it would prevent me from going," he added.

And after Kroos' own reaction to fans booing him Real manager Ancelotti also responded to the hostile treatment after the match.

"I don’t understand it, I don’t think Kroos understood it either," the Italian claimed.

With Real progressing to Sunday's final, Kroos can expect a similar reception again

Real Madrid will face either Barcelona or Osasuna in the final, which will take place in the KSU Stadium in Riyadh.

Featured Image Credit: Getty, BeanymanSport

Topics: Football, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Toni Kroos, Carlo Ancelotti, Saudi Arabia