Football comes out in support of goalkeeper Misa Rodriguez, sexually harassed on social networks

Clubs, players and various athletes step up against harassment after Misa Rodriguez, Real Madrid goalkeeper, is insulted on social networks

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Misa Rodríguez and Marco Asensio

BarcelonaMachismo is still a scourge present day by day in society in general and also in the world of the sport. In spite of the advances achieved in recent years, there are still people who are obstinate in diminishing the women who dedicate themselves to it. The latest example of this is Misa Rodriguez, Real Madrid goalkeeper and international goalkeeper for the Spanish national team. During Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final between Real Madrid and Liverpool, the goalkeeper, after Marco Asensio's 2-0 goal, posted two images on Twitter - one of Asensio and one of herself - in which they were celebrating a goal in the same way, and wrote: "The same passion". In response to her tweet, dozens of users - anonymous and under pseudonyms - insulted and abused the Madrid player with sexist and sexual comments, until she ended up deleting the tweet.

Social networks began to boil with the injustice and Marco Asensio, as well as many clubs, players, and sportspeople imitated Rodriguez's publication to support her. "The same passion! Let nothing and no one stop you from speaking your mind," Asensio's tweet cries out, with pictures of the two of them. After him, other Real Madrid players such as Casemiro, Fede Valverde, Varane and Lucas Vázquez posted the same photo with the player accompanied by the same phrase: "The same passion".

Lluís Cortés, Barça women's coach, and the club itself joined the initiative with an image of Mariona Caldentey, one of the star players of the Catalan team, and one of Leo Messi, both with their index fingers pointing to the sky. Like them, dozens of players and clubs have emulated the Real Madrid goalkeeper's tweet. From South America to England, through the Spanish Federation both male and female and teams of Second and Third Division, have joined this movement with photos of their male and female teams. One of the last to join has been Pau Gasol, who, with a photo of the basketball player Laia Palau, wanted to make it clear that sport does not differentiate between genders.