Luis Enrique has defended Luis Suarez amid a developing row that the Barcelona striker’s retort to Filipe Luis in midweek was sexist.
Atletico Madrid left-back Luis posted an image on Instagram after the Rojiblancos’ draw at Camp Nou on Wednesday complaining about a mark left on his foot after a clash with Suarez in the second half.
The Uruguayan international responded in the mixed zone after the game by disapproving of Luis’ decision to take to social media and saying that “football is a men’s game.”
Espanyol women’s player Brenda Perez is one of a growing number of female footballers in Spain who have since voiced their disapproval at Suarez’s comments.
“I just found out about the interest in this,” Luis Enrique said when asked about his player’s words being perceived as sexist.
“I’m sure Luis didn’t mean to offend anyone, but it’s clear that in this world misinterpretations are the order of the day.”
Perez had earlier tweeted: “We exist, #futfem [football femenino]. @LuisSuarez9 I think you should think about your words before you speak. #Piensoluegoexisto [I think therefore I am].”
Meanwhile, Santa Teresa Club Deportivo, a women’s team in Badajoz, invited Suarez to watch their game on Saturday.
However, the 29-year-old will not be able to attend as he is otherwise engaged as Barcelona travel north to take on Sporting Gijon in La Liga on the same day.