Messi did nothing wrong, says Barcelona`s Jordi Alba

Last Updated: Feb 01, 2013, 08:59 AM IST

Barcelona: Barcelona full-back Jordi Alba has defended World Player of the Year Lionel Messi after an alleged scuffle between the Argentine and Real Madrid`s Alvaro Arbeloa.

Messi was said to have thrown verbal abuse at the Spanish right-back following the side`s 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday.

But Alba was quick to rubbish the claims.

"I didn`t see anything wrong with the car park incident. Messi was just annoyed," he told reporters at a sponsorship event.

As well as standing by the 25-year-old, Alba stressed the importance of Barca`s second leg against their arch rivals.

"The home game will be crucial. There are a lot of turns left in the tie."