Ex-Barcelona defender Marquez explains slating New York Red Bulls teammates

Rafa Marquez has moved to clarify the controversial comments about his New York Red Bulls teammates.

Rafa Marquez has moved to clarify the controversial comments about his New York Red Bulls teammates.

The Mexico international and former Barcelona star went back on Univision to put his side of the story.

He explained: "The problem began with the game where we were down 3-0 and the crowd started to get on me every time I touched the ball.

"The question in the locker room was regarding my thoughts when the crowd was booing me. To that question I responded with frustration that I did not understand why the crowd was getting on me when I had not made any mistakes and that on the contrary, I thought I was trying to perform at my best level. I was trying my best effort to help the team. And that unfortunately because of individual mistakes of others in the team the crowd was taking it personal with me and that I was perhaps at a different level then the one from some of the other players.

"These comments went in the wrong direction and it was not my intention.

"I have spoken to my teammates and apologized because these comments were not my intention.

"Sadly, the comments were taken by some (media) to fuel other attacks to me as an individual. I’m not like this. I’m not a person that hides or points fingers at others for the low performance of the team. We are a team and we all win and lose together."

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