Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has told fans not to give Real Madrid defender Pepe a hard time tonight in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final at Camp Nou.
Pepe appeared to deliberately tread on Barca star Lionel Messi during last Wednesday's first leg clash at the Bernabeu, which the Catalans won 2-1.
"Let us leave Pepe alone," Guardiola told reporters on Tuesday.
"If his coach wants him to play, then let him play and I hope this will be the best possible possible for everyone.
"I hope that what happened with [Luis] Figo will not be repeated because the club's fans regret what happened.
"If it happens again, it means we have not learned anything and that we are not the club we have to be. It would hurt more than to be eliminated."
Pepe is due to learn on Wednesday whether he will be punished by the Spanish Football Federation for his actions.
The Portugal international was left out of Jose Mourinho's squad for last Sunday's 4-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in La Liga.
Looking ahead of the second leg clash, Guardiola added: "I do not want anyone to think that we have won because the match will be very close and the two teams will have a chance to go through until the last minute.
"If we try to hold out for the result of the [first-leg], they will eliminate us."