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Spain’s govt angry at cup final jeers endured by new king

Spain's King Felipe VI, right, applauds as Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez lift the cup after winning the final of the Copa del Rey soccer match 3-1against Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, May 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

MADRID (AP) — The government has reacted angrily to deafening jeers that King Felipe VI had to endure during the national anthem at Spain’s soccer cup final in Barcelona.

The Copa del Rey was won by Barcelona at its Camp Nou Stadium when it defeated Basque team Athletic Bilbao 3-1 on Saturday night. It was the first Copa final that Felipe presided as monarch.

Soon afterward, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s office issued a statement condemning “attacks against symbols that represent all Spaniards,” saying that “intolerance is always reprehensible” and adding it should not be allowed to “jeopardize our coexistence.”

The statement said Spain’s commission against violence, racism, xenophobia and intolerance in sport would meet Monday to study whether sanctions should be applied.

Catalan regional President Artur Mas on Sunday called the statement “ridiculous.”

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