Rafael Nadal caught in middle of soccer controversy in Madrid

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Published 11:22 a.m. ET May 7, 2018 | Updated 11:48 a.m. ET May 7, 2018

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MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal has put himself in the middle of a soccer controversy in Madrid.

A longtime Real Madrid supporter, Nadal appeared with a Atletico Madrid jersey during the club’s Europa League match against Arsenal last week, making headlines across Spain and attracting a wave of social media reactions from fans from both teams.

Nadal couldn’t avoid the issue when he arrived in the Spanish capital for this week’s Madrid Open.

“Well, there is a problem with today’s society, that to be a true supporter of one team, it seems that you have to be anti another team,” Nadal said Monday. “I just support Real Madrid. I have a lot of friends that are from Atletico. They are playing in a competition in Europe against an English team. I just went there to support Atletico…

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