Real Madrid could be ready to take legal action against other football clubs if their name continues to be dragged through the mud over defamatory comments.
The reigning La Liga champions have reportedly grown weary of the constant attacks on them and their fanbase, and Spanish newspaper Marca has now alleged that Real could soon launch defamation court cases against other teams if they continue to polarise opinion on the Spanish giants.
Real earned a dramatic last-minute penalty in their Champions League quarter final tie against Juventus that allowed superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to fire them into the last four of UEFA's continental club tournament on Tuesday.
Real Madrid are thinking of taking legal action against media outlets, reporters and clubs who have smeared Real Madrid’s reputation. First it was the hot balls, rigged draws and now referees. Even the players are sick of it and Florentino has given them the OK to reply. [marca] pic.twitter.com/hIEFcIAcLh— SB (@Realmadridplace) April 14, 2018
The fallout from that decision has seen plenty of other teams' fans, players and the media across Europe make accusations of bias against Real, and the heavyweights are tired of having to defend their actions - or the actions of others - amid the consistent negativity.
Zinedine Zidane's side have also been accused of bribing match officials, have become embroiled in tit-for-tat exchanges with bitter rivals Barcelona due to decisions made during El Clasico bouts and have had to ward off the 'heated balls' controversy that handed them an easier draw in last season's Champions League campaign.
All of that has led to club president Florentino Perez to hold a meeting with his fellow board members and reveal his intent to protect the club's integrity and passionate fanbase by any means necessary.
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Part of that action could include taking others to court if they continue to slander Real and accuse the defending Champions League champions of similar incidents to those above.
Real's star players have also apparently vented their aggravation at not being praised for their performances and title successes in recent times, and believe it is high time that they were given the credit they deserve.
Real still have a chance to lift this season's Champions League trophy with a semi final clash against Bayern Munich to come, but won't defend their league crown with runaway leaders Barca set to wrest that title back.