Moaning masses and Maniche moves on
La Liga Loca is unsure whether itÃ¢ÂÂs a catastrophic caÃÂ±a-caused comedown from SevilleÃ¢ÂÂs annual Feria - which Sergio Ramos definitely, definitely did not attend two days before el ClÃÂ¡sico - or reaching a tipping point of grumpiness.
But something has definitely yanked the cranks of Betis fans of late.
Yelling abuse at the squad during training, death threats during matches and bawling out their best players are the latest tactics to have been adopted by barmy Beticos during the sideÃ¢ÂÂs latest relegation rumble.
The most recent incident of rancour took place on Tuesday when Emana faced a torrent of taunts from a posse of SpainÃ¢ÂÂs version of White Van Man - mid-40s, moustachioed, belly of pot and face of red.
But itÃ¢ÂÂs not just the clubÃ¢ÂÂs three defeats in a row that has got the Betis masses all angry - losses that leaves the side just three points and three places from relegation, but also the realisation that Darth de Lopera, the clubÃ¢ÂÂs cuddly owner, isnÃ¢ÂÂt going anywhere. Again.
At the back end of March, there were stories - commented on by the club itself - that the very loaded Emir Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuami of Ajman was in talks to buy out the Andalusian Lord of the Flies.
Ã¢ÂÂIt would be amazing if a sheikh bought Betis!Ã¢ÂÂ squealed BetisÃ¢ÂÂ website-quoting club president Pepe LeÃÂ³n.
Ã¢ÂÂLopera has decided to sell and now itÃ¢ÂÂs in the hands of the Emir,Ã¢ÂÂ said the sheikhÃ¢ÂÂs supposed spokesman, Israel Gutierrez de Alba, who posed merrily in the club shop wearing a Betis shirt with Ã¢ÂÂHumaidÃ¢ÂÂ on the back.
"Well, Sheikh it up baby now..."
The trouble is that the story turned out to be absolute poppycock and one concocted by the club to turn attention away from their latest on-the-pitch problems, say some suspicious sources.
ThatÃ¢ÂÂs the opinion of Sport anyway, having contacted a close business partner of the suspected Betis buyer who poo-pooed the whole story. Ã¢ÂÂI called the Emir to congratulate him on the purchase, but he knew nothing about it,Ã¢ÂÂ said Rashidi Omrani.
Another club facing a stand-off with supporters are AtlÃÂ©tico Madrid, who are crossing every appendage imaginable that the teamÃ¢ÂÂs victories against Sporting and Betis will lead to a less hostile atmosphere on Sunday in their Vicente CalderÃÂ³n clash against Espanyol.
Ã¢ÂÂIt will be a time to win back the fans,Ã¢ÂÂ cooed club president Enrique Cerezo.
Atleti have taken another step to soothing fans' furrowed brows by terminating ManicheÃ¢ÂÂs contract and telling him to pack his oversized suitcases.
The Portuguese midfielder was already serving out a suspension for failing to turn up for the Sporting encounter but is now as free as a very big bird.
Ã¢ÂÂHe told the fans to go to Gran Via [instead of the CalderÃÂ³n], failed a roadside breath test and grew fat due to too much nightlife, his natural habitat,Ã¢ÂÂ noted ASÃ¢ÂÂs Atleti man IÃÂ±ako DÃÂaz-Guerra.
The downside to ManicheÃ¢ÂÂs sacking will be the lack of income from his various fines, report El PaÃÂs. Ã¢ÂÂHe practically paid our wages,Ã¢ÂÂ is the quote the paper gives from one club insider.
Both Marca and AS have become even more unreadable than usual this week, with the blog routinely zooming through the first 20 or so pages of absolute pig swill.
Both papers have gone completely doolally in linking every player in the world with Madrid Ã¢ÂÂ once the omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent Florentino PÃÂ©rez ascends (bearing in mind the very hot place where he will be travelling from) to the Bernabeu throne in June.
But in a break with recent tradition, it appears that Real Madrid may actually be worth watching next season, not just for the comedy factor but to work out how Wenger / Mourinho / Ancelotti manages a forward line of KakÃÂ¡, Ronaldo, Silva, Villa, Zlatan, Huntelaar and of course, RaÃÂºl.
Lassana Diarra is going to be a very busy man.