Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has confirmed that Los Blancos will not give their arch-rivals and newly crowned La Liga champions Barcelona a guard of honour in Sunday's El Clasico at the Nou Camp.
Barcelona were crowned champions for the third time in four years on Sunday when they defeated Deportivo 4-2 on Sunday. It has been a tradition in the Spanish top tier for the league winners to receive a guard of honour from their opponents before their remaining games. However,
“Soon I’m going to be asked about this and my answer is very clear. It’s my decision and it’s final. I don’t understand the concept of the guard of honour and so we aren’t going to do it. Barca broke with the tradition," Zidane was quoted as saying by REUTERS.
Barcelona full-back Jordi Alba has since denied Zidane's claims and insisted that Barcelona would have provided their rivals with a guard of honour, if they were instead crowned as champions.
"In our case, Barca would do the guard of honour.
Nevertheless, Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has confirmed that his team will obey the manager, saying, as quoted by Marca: