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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 February 2006, 11:00 GMT
Del Horno fumes at Barca tactics
Asier del Horno
Del Horno was sent off after 36 minutes against Barca
Chelsea left-back Asier del Horno has accused Barcelona of teaching teenage forward Lionel Messi negative tactics.

Del Horno was sent off in the midweek Champions League defeat by Barca for a challenge on Messi and was unhappy with the 18-year-old Argentine's reaction.

"Acting is for showbusiness, football is still a sport," Del Horno, 25, told The People newspaper.

"Messi is too young for these tricks. Barcelona are obviously teaching him bad things - negative things."

Del Horno will miss the return leg at the Nou Camp through suspension and has been unhappy with his treatment since the loss at Stamford Bridge.

He added: "Talking for the sake of talking is easy after the euphoria of a victory but I won't let them get away with accusing me of deliberately going for him.

"I am upset because Barcelona are treating me like some kind of criminal over it.

"I have always been a controlled player. I have never gone in to hurt anybody. I don't know why Messi criticises me, he doesn't know my career record."


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