- Philippe Coutinho was whistled by some Barca fans as he came on a substitute
- The Brazilian caused a stir with his goal celebration against Man United last week
- Coutinho put his fingers in his ears to protest his unfair criticism at the club
Philippe Coutinho was taunted by Barcelona supporters as he came on as replacement for Ousmane Dembele during their 2-1 win over Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou on Saturday, April 20.
According to the Daily Mail, as soon as the Brazilian midfielder was ushered in by chants and whistles from fans across various stands of the 75,000 capacity Camp Nou.
The chant of Coutinho’s name was more serve at the singing stand behind one goal, but there were no further actions of discontent from the fans as they showed their displeasure by his goal celebration against Manchester United.
The former Liverpool star, who arrived the La Liga giants in January 2018, celebrated hi goal by sticking his fingers in his ears to protest the spate of criticism he has faced at the club.
“Great goal, ugly celebration” was the main headline in Barcelona newspaper 'Diario Sport' after the incident and they claimed lip readers revealed what the Brazilian said: “Vai a tomar no cu'” – a Portuguese phrase equivalent to, “f*** you” before putting his fingers in his ears.
The Brazilian also faced the same scenario in March when he was replaced with 10 minutes left on the clock in a 3-1 win over Rayo Vallecano.
However, Saturday, April 20, was the first time the midfielder whistled on since arriving from Liverpool.
“It's incidental, nothing more,” admitted Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde after the match.
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“Everything that happens at Barca resonates and is given more importance that it should be. The supporters are with Coutinho and Coutinho is with the supporters.
“I think it comes from the gesture of the other day. But Philippe gives everything on the pitch and the people appreciate that. They know he is running for them,” Valverde summed up.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Barcelona are through to the semifinal stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2014-15 season after beating Manchester United 3-0 at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night, April 16.
The Catalans came into the fixture with a goal advantage from the first leg at Old Trafford barely one week ago with Luke Shaw scoring an own goal.
However, it was the Red Devils who got the game off to a flying start in Spain with Marcus Rashford firing the first shot, but his effort was denied by the wood works after just forty seconds into the match.
It took Lionel Messi 16 minutes to find the back of the net after his weak shot slipped under David De Gea's arms for his second goal.
Philippe Coutinho compounded United's woes after netting his first goal of the game with his signature goal as the home team go three goals up in the 60th minute.
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