- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - The Spanish league says it will send a report denouncing racist and abusive language by fans during Espanyol’s home match against Barcelona last Saturday to the Spanish government’s anti-violence committee for sports.

The league says in a statement that it will condemn racist slurs directed toward Barcelona’s Brazilian striker Neymar and abusive chants against the club.

It says they broke the Spanish football federation’s disciplinary code, which prohibits chants that “incite violence, racism, xenophobia and intolerance in sports.”

The teams played again in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, when tempers flared and two Espanyol players were sent off. Espanyol players later said Barcelona players provoked a heated exchange after the match.

The crosstown rivals will play the return leg of their cup tie next week at Espanyol’s stadium.

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