Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti confronts fans who blocked his car outside training ground

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti made a save in front of a group of fans after they blocked his car as he left the club’s training ground on Wednesday.

Video from the accident Show that three fans stand in the middle of the road and jump up and down in front of the player’s vehicle. A fan jumped over the hood while Umtiti, who has not yet played for the La Liga team this season, was behind the wheel.

The France international and 2018 World Cup winner blew his horn repeatedly in the hope that the group would clear the way, but only got off the road when Umtiti revved his engine and slashed forward before pulling away.

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Then the rampaging Umtiti abruptly stopped the car several meters later, left his car and walked toward the crowd to confront them.

One fan asked to have his picture taken with the player while another fan shouted, “Oh my nation, don’t be upset, man.”

The 28-year-old agreed to have his picture taken but then turned to a fan and said in Spanish: “Come here. Are you paying for this car? Why are you touching it? Do you know what respect is?”

Then he got back in his car and drove away.

Umtiti mocked Barcelona fans in pre-season after turning down the opportunity to leave the club for free this summer. Some fans felt his decision to stay was one of the reasons the club could not afford to keep Lionel Messi, who later joined PSG on a free transfer.

The defender is determined to terminate his contract at the Camp Nou, which runs until 2023.

Former manager Ronald Koeman has denied Umtiti and his playing time has not improved since the appointment of Xavi Hernandez, although the former Barcelona player has only been in charge for three games.

Koeman, who was sacked after their 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano in late October, was similarly targeted by Barcelona fans when he tried to leave the Camp Nou after 2-1 classic Real Madrid’s defeat.

Barcelona fans surrounded Koeman’s car as he tried to get away from the stadium, and the club later condemned the “violent acts and contempt” faced by the Dutchman.


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