Copa del Rey reaction

Pepe apologies for Messi stamp

January 20, 2012
Real Madrid defender Pepe has apologised for his apparent stamp on Lionel Messi's hand in Wednesday night's 2-1 defeat to arch-rivals Barcelona.

But the Portugal international insisted the act, which was missed at the time by the referee, was "unintentional''.

The 28-year-old was branded "shameful'' and "embarrassing'' in the Spanish press following the incident during the Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg at the Bernabeu, which came when Messi was lying on the ground.
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