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Sergi Guardiola has dream Barcelona transfer cancelled after posting offensive tweets about Catalonia

Published 29/12/2015

People march during a Catalan Pro-Independence demonstration celebrating the Catalan National Day on September 11, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Spanish northeastern autonomous region celebrates its National Day on September 11 which coincides with the kick off of the electoral campaing. Political Parties for and against independence of Catalonia will hold a regional elections on September 27. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
People march during a Catalan Pro-Independence demonstration celebrating the Catalan National Day on September 11, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Spanish northeastern autonomous region celebrates its National Day on September 11 which coincides with the kick off of the electoral campaing. Political Parties for and against independence of Catalonia will hold a regional elections on September 27. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
A man on stilts holds an "Estelada" (pro-independence Catalan flag) during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
A man takes pictures of the Meridiana street with a smartphone during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO/ LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators gather on Meridiana street as they wave "Estelada" flags (pro-independence Catalan flags) during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO/ LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators gather on Meridiana street as they wave "Estelada" flags (pro-independence Catalan flags) during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO/ LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators gather on Meridiana street as they wave "Estelada" flags (pro-independence Catalan flags) during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO/ LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators hold a giant yellow cursor on Meridiana street as they wave "Esteladas" flags (pro-independence Catalan flags) during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO/ LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators unfold a big "Estelada" (pro independence Catalan flag) during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
A man holds an "Estelada" (Catalan pro independence flag) during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
A woman holds an "Estelada" (Catalan pro independence flag) during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
A man poses with a sign reading "Next stop: Independence" and an "Estelada" (pro independence Catalan flag) past a bus with the colours of the Catalan flag during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
A man poses with a sign reading "Next stop: Independence" past a bus with the colours of the Catalan flag during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
Two girls pose with a sign reading "Next stop: Independence" past a bus with the colours of the Catalan flag during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
Tourists pose with a sign reading "Next stop: Independence" past a bus with the colours of the Catalan flag during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators gather on Meridiana street as they wave "Estelada" flags (pro-independence Catalan flags) during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators gather on Meridiana street as they wave "Estelada" flags (pro-independence Catalan flags) during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators gather at Meridiana street during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators gather at Meridiana street during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENEJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators hold a giant yellow cursor as they gather on Meridiana street as they wave "Estelada" flags (pro-independence Catalan flags) during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators gather at Meridiana street during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators wave "esteladas" (pro independence Catalan flags) during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators wave "esteladas" (pro independence Catalan flags) during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators unfold a big "estelada" (pro independence Catalan flag) during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators gather on Meridiana street as they wave "Estelada" flags (pro-independence Catalan flags) during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Banner on the pavement reads in Catalan "Free way to sustainability". Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators unfold a big "Estelada" flag (pro-independence Catalan flag) during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators unfold a big "Estelada" flag (pro-independence Catalan flag) during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators unfold a big "Estelada" flag (pro-independence Catalan flag) during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
A girl with her face painted in the pro-independence Catalan flag's colors smiles during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Two girls drapped in pro-independence Catalan flags paint their faces during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
A man sells pro-independence Catalan flags during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Young demonstrators, drapped in pro-independence Catalan flags, walk during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
A dog drapped in a pro-independence Catalan flag walks during celebrations of Catalonia's National Day (Diada) which recalls the final defeat of local troops by Spanish king Philip V's forces in 1714, in Barcelona on September 11, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Catalans were set to pour into the streets today demanding independence, ahead of a regional election billed as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain. AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 11: People march during a Catalan Pro-Independence demonstration celebrating the Catalan National Day on September 11, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Spanish northeastern autonomous region celebrates its National Day on September 11 which coincides with the kick off of the electoral campaing. Political Parties for and against independence of Catalonia will hold a regional elections on September 27. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 11: People march during a Catalan Pro-Independence demonstration celebrating the Catalan National Day on September 11, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Spanish northeastern autonomous region celebrates its National Day on September 11 which coincides with the kick off of the electoral campaing. Political Parties for and against independence of Catalonia will hold a regional elections on September 27. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 11: People march during a Catalan Pro-Independence demonstration celebrating the Catalan National Day on September 11, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Spanish northeastern autonomous region celebrates its National Day on September 11 which coincides with the kick off of the electoral campaing. Political Parties for and against independence of Catalonia will hold a regional elections on September 27. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 11: People march during a Catalan Pro-Independence demonstration celebrating the Catalan National Day on September 11, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Spanish northeastern autonomous region celebrates its National Day on September 11 which coincides with the start of the Catalonian parliamentary election campaign. Political Parties for and against independence of Catalonia will hold regional elections on September 27. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 11: People march during a Catalan Pro-Independence demonstration celebrating the Catalan National Day on September 11, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Spanish northeastern autonomous region celebrates its National Day on September 11 which coincides with the start of the Catalonian parliamentary election campaign. Political Parties for and against independence of Catalonia will hold regional elections on September 27. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 11: People march during a Catalan Pro-Independence demonstration celebrating the Catalan National Day on September 11, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Spanish northeastern autonomous region celebrates its National Day on September 11 which coincides with the start of the Catalonian parliamentary election campaign. Political Parties for and against independence of Catalonia will hold regional elections on September 27. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 11: People march during a Catalan Pro-Independence demonstration celebrating the Catalan National Day on September 11, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Spanish northeastern autonomous region celebrates its National Day on September 11 which coincides with the start of the Catalonian parliamentary election campaign. Political Parties for and against independence of Catalonia will hold regional elections on September 27. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 11: People pose for a picture in front of a Catalan Pro-Independence flag before a Pro-Independence demonstration celebrating the Catalan National Day on September 11, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Spanish northeastern autonomous region celebrates its National Day on September 11 which coincides with the kick off of the electoral campaing. Political Parties for and against independence of Catalonia will hold a regional elections on September 27. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 11: People enjoy the atmosphere before a Catalan Pro-Independence demonstration celebrating the Catalan National Day on September 11, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Spanish northeastern autonomous region celebrates its National Day on September 11 which coincides with the kick off of the electoral campaing. Political Parties for and against independence of Catalonia will hold a regional elections on September 27. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 11: People enjoy the atmosphere before a Catalan Pro-Independence demonstration celebrating the Catalan National Day on September 11, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Spanish northeastern autonomous region celebrates its National Day on September 11 which coincides with the kick off of the electoral campaing. Political Parties for and against independence of Catalonia will hold a regional elections on September 27. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 11: People enjoy the atmosphere before a Catalan Pro-Independence demonstration celebrating the Catalan National Day on September 11, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Spanish northeastern autonomous region celebrates its National Day on September 11 which coincides with the kick off of the electoral campaing. Political Parties for and against independence of Catalonia will hold a regional elections on September 27. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 11: People walk past a Catalan Pro-Independence flag before a Pro-Independence demonstration celebrating the Catalan National Day on September 11, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Spanish northeastern autonomous region celebrates its National Day on September 11 which coincides with the kick off of the electoral campaing. Political Parties for and against independence of Catalonia will hold a regional elections on September 27. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 11: A man kisses to his girlfriend as they take a selfie in front of a Catalan Pro-Independence flag before a Pro-Independence demonstration celebrating the Catalan National Day on September 11, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Spanish northeastern autonomous region celebrates its National Day on September 11 which coincides with the kick off of the electoral campaing. Political Parties for and against independence of Catalonia will hold a regional elections on September 27. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 11: People enjoy the atmosphere before a Catalan Pro-Independence demonstration celebrating the Catalan National Day on September 11, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The Spanish northeastern autonomous region celebrates its National Day on September 11 which coincides with the kick off of the electoral campaing. Political Parties for and against independence of Catalonia will hold a regional elections on September 27. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Barcelona have sacked Sergi Guardiola after he sent offensive tweets about Catalonia, just hours after announcing his signing.

Guardiola, no relation to former player and manager Pep Guardiola, was unveiled by the La Liga club on Monday after securing a dream move from Alcoron, but his contract was terminated with immediate effect the same day after it was discovered that Twitter messages sent from his account over two years ago were offensive to Barcelona and Catalonia.

The 24-year-old spoke to Spanish radio station Cope to claim that a friend was behind the messages, and to apologise for any offence that was taken by his tweets which he says he was not aware had been posted.

One tweet, which was dated from October 2013, said: “Hala Madrid, p*** cataluna”, which translated to Guardiola calling another user a Catalonian wh***.

“I know I made a mistake,” said Guardiola. “I apologise to Catalonia and Barcelona. I understand the decision, I'd do the same.

“I want to make clear I didn't write those tweets. A friend took my phone and did it.

“It's a misunderstanding. The tweets are from 2013, a joke from a friend, I didn't even know the tweets existed.

“Barcelona have treated me very well. I understand their decision. Now I'm going home, we'll see what happens.

“Once you're a professional, you support the team that plays best, and that's Barcelona. Joining them was a dream, now it's broken.

“I'm from Mallorca. I'm not anti-Catalan or anti-anything. I couldn't write those tweets.”

Surprisingly, Guardiola is not the first player in Spain to see his dream move collapse due to previous Twitter messages, with Julio Rey having his contract with Deportino La Coruna after posting a Twitter message in 2012 that read “F*** Deport, f*** Riazor”.

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