Spanish newspaper Marca has made a strong statement in defence of its claim that senior Real Madrid players presented club president Florentino Perez with an ultimatum demanding the removal of coach Jose Mourinho.
On Thursday, Perez called a press conference at which he angrily denied the initial Marca story, and later the two players named by the newspaper - club captains Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos - issued a statement to reject the report.
They claimed the newspaper's account of their lunch with Perez was "entirely false" and stated their support for Mourinho.
Perez had claimed that the lunch was only to discuss player bonuses, but Marca has responded with a front-page story standing by their report.
"MARCA does not lie," its headline said.
The story stated: "The information published in this paper on Thursday regarding the dinner held last Tuesday at ACS headquarters between Florentino Perez, Jose Angel Sanchez and the Real Madrid captains Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos...