Old enemies Seydou Keita and Pepe clash again during Real Madrid/Roma friendly

Former Barcelona midfielder throws a water bottle at the defender before a ball is even kicked.

HISTORY TELLS US that pre-game handshakes can lead to problems. But, when there’s a flare-up between two guys with some history, things can get very messy. And that’s exactly what happened at the Cotton Bowl in Texas last night when Real Madrid took on Roma.

During the pleasantries before kick-off, the Serie A side’s midfielder Seydou Keita refused to shake Pepe’s hand and moments later, threw a water bottle at him.  Three years ago, while playing for Barcelona, Keita alleged he was racially abused by the Madrid centre-back and clearly has never forgiven him.

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Players from both teams attempted to calm down the situation and though Pepe tried to laugh off what had happened, rumours quickly spread that he spat at Keita in retaliation though nothing was caught on camera.

Spain Soccer La Liga Pepe and Keita were embroiled in another row during El Clasico in 2011. Source: Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP/Press Association Images

Keita had the last laugh as his side went on to beat Real 1-0 thanks to a goal from Francesco Totti.

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Hours after the game finished, Keita took to Twitter to explain his actions and apologise for his behavior.

The tweet translates as:

1) he calls me monkey during Madrid/Barca. 2) I do not shake his hand. 3) He spits on me after I throw the bottle. Sorry for my attitude”

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