Pepe criticized by many parties when he was caught on camera stepping on Lionel Messi’s hand. The Portuguese defender later apologized by saying that he did not intentionally do it.
Pepe, and the stronghold of Madrid, was lucky. In addition the player can not be the card as a result of the incident, the league authorities do not impose punishment. As a result he will be able to play in the second leg will be held at Camp Nou on Thursday (1/26/2012) pm dawn.
“Let’s let Pepe, and if the coach of Real Madrid prepare to compete, then let him play,” Guardiola told a news conference ahead of the Copa del Rey match.
“Let them play. Let’s forget the past and displays a beautiful match for us all. I know they will try to beat us. I know they will play for the sake of qualifying for the semifinals.”
“Let the authorities handle the issue,” said Guardiola.