As the Barcelona and Real Betis players walked onto the Camp Nou pitch on Saturday, they were greeted by a rather large banner that was clearly produced by the club and not by supporters. The message was simple and was the latest public relations move by the club in their war against FIFA's one-year transfer ban.
The message is "La Masia won't be touched", a clear response to the allegations made by FIFA against the club and their apparent breaking of transfer rules designed to protect under-18 players.
It's also yet another questionable decision by the club who had already made some blunders during the week with the release of their manifesto-like defense and club president Josep Maria Bartomeu's wheels-off press conference. The continued defiance by the club -- despite the fact they haven't really denied FIFA's charges -- isn't helping win them any supporters.
If anything, it feels like another act of arrogant defiance by a club that can't fathom the idea of someone punishing them for breaking the rules.