​Barcelona manager Luis Enrique refused to comment on claims that superstar forward Neymar was the subject of racial abuse during Saturday's 0-0 draw against Espanyol, ​The Daily Mail  report.

The Catalan club struggled as they lost ground in the title race to Atletico Madrid, but the game was mired by controversy as a selection of Espanyol supporters are believed to have targeted the Brazilian with racial abuse.

Perhaps being wary of speaking about such a sensitive topic, Enrique said he would rather focus on matters related to football, and let the relevant authorities deal with racism claims.

"The only thing that interests me is what is happening out on the pitch.

"If I start giving opinions one way or another, I'll get hit from all sides – mind you, I get hit from all sides even when I don't say anything."

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Enrique, moving on from the debacle, refused to criticise Barca for failing to win the game, and instead decided to praise the opposition defending.

"We created chances but our opponents defended well. They were very intense but that was something we knew before the game."

Barcelona are two points adrift from Atletico in second, although they do have a game in hand over Diego Simeone's men.

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