FC Barcelona, arguably the best professional soccer team in the world, are currently in Washington DC as they prepare to take on Manchester United in a friendly rematch of their UEFA Champions League final this coming Saturday.
Messi, Xavi, Silva, Puyol and the rest of the stacked squad were looking to get a little practice time before the weekend match, and they decided to partake in an impromptu session at the National Mall, a U.S. national park situated near the White House. That is, until this U.S. Park Police officer showed up and told the group to disperse.
The officer asked to speak to the leader of the group, and shortly thereafter, the Barcelona players sheepishly boarded the bus like a bunch of school kids busted for playing hooky.
According to star midfielder Xavi, the reason for the team not being allowed to practice at the park was a matter of security…
“Security said you couldn’t have a group of more than 10 or 15 there,” Barcelona midfielder Xavi said at a press conference. “We wanted to loosen up a little, stretch. . . . Given that the White House was near so it was normal security, nothing more.”
Here’s video of the incident that wasn’t really an incident…
Rules are rules, and kudos to this U.S. Park Police officer for recognizing the danger of having a bunch of overpaid, yet talented, world famous soccer stars practicing near the White House, with their kicking, running, passing, diving, and general evilness.
Vaya con dios, muchachos.