BARCELONA'S Copa del Rey victory over Valencia last night was overshadowed as their team bus had its windows smashed by rival fans.
The Catalan club beat their Balearic rivals at the Mestalla thanks to goals from Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic to send them through to their fifth consecutive Copa del Rey final, winning 3-0 on aggregate.
And Valencia fans had created a carnival atmosphere outside their imposing ground, seeking to qualify for the final against Sevilla.
But the supporters' passion turned ugly after the final whistle and a minority launched objects at the Barca bus as it was leaving the stadium.
The vehicle then had to be escorted away from the city by police after the incident.
Pictures later emerged of shattered and smashed windows on the coach after scenes turned ugly on the streets of the Spanish city.
There were no reports of injuries but Valencia fans were accused of insulting Gerard Pique's Catalan identity and racially abusing Samuel Umtiti, although those reports are unconfirmed.
Video footage on Twitter appeared to show one member of the public launching a stone at the window of the bus as it hit the side window above the entrance door.
According to witness and Barcelona fan Inma Cabanes, there were police in front as she recording from her mobile phone, when another member of the public threw the object at Barca's bus.
She said on Twitter: "There were cops in front when all this happened, the recording was a coincidence, I was trying to see Messi."
Barca face Getafe in La Liga with a healthy 11-point lead over Atletico Madrid in second, who managed to close the gap after the leaders' draw with rivals Espanyol, while Real Madrid languish in fourth place.
Chelsea welcome the Catalan giants to Stamford Bridge in 10 days time in the Champions League round of 16.
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