Rafael Nadal news: FC Barcelona official steps down after ‘enemy of the state’ comment

Rafael Nadal

High ranking Barcelona FC official Alfons Godall has stepped down on Thursday after calling Rafael Nadal, a known supporter of Real Madrid, an ‘enemy of the state’.

On Sunday, the Spaniard defeated Daniil Medvedev 2-6, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in the Australian Open final to claim a men’s record 21st Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park.

Godall, who is known for his open support of Catalan independence, on Monday took to social media, to air his opinions on the newly-crowned Australian Open champion

“Rafael Navidad has made me anxious from day one. I have it in the same bag as the red one, the RM, Alonso and everything that represents the enemy state,” he said on Twitter.

During the presentation of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on Thursday, Barcelona FC president Joan Laporta confirms the resignation of vice-president of the Barcelona Foundation.


“He considered that given there had been complaints from employers, investors and sponsors of the Foundation due to a tweet he wrote, he did not want to harm the Foundation and has decided to resign voluntarily. The decision has been respected and that’s it,” Laporta said as reported by France 24.

Nadal is a passionate supporter of Real Madrid and after receiving backlash over his comments, Godall decided to step down from his role

“The tweet with my opinion about a famous person and his profile can harm the Barca Foundation due to pressure from some companies and the media,” Godall wrote.

“I don’t want to cost FC Barcelona a penny or give up my freedom of expression. Consequently, I resign from the position. Thank you”