La Liga under racism cloud in Clasico fallout

Barca responded to their first defeat of the season away to Real Sociedad by thumping Osasuna 5-1 at home last week but now they have a tricky game against a rejuvenated Valencia under Ernesto Valverde.

updated: February 02, 2013 00:00 IST
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Madrid: Leaders Barcelona return to league action away to Valencia on Sunday after a typically charged El Clasico in the cup where Dani Alves claims he was subjected to racial abuse.

With the league title seemingly out of sight, as Real Madrid trail Barca by 15 points, it means there is added incentive for Jose Mourinho's men to beat their arch-rivals in the semi-final of the Spanish Cup.

The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw on Wednesday, but the aftermath was overshadowed by Barcelona's Brazilian defender Alves claiming he was subjected to racial abuse at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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