Pressure is mounting on Barcelona, 6 months after the Negreira case came to light. The Blaugrana’s payments to a senior referee were suspected of being linked to on-field officiating decisions, with members of Barca’s management system being investigated.
Club president Joan Laporta is the latest person to be called out. And at the recent press conference, Xavi supported the boss: “In the team, we don’t talk about this. We talk about football. But you have to look at the archives: Villarato, doping… I support the president 100%. There are always campaigns to destabilize Barcelona. That is a fact. It’s the truth.”
Laporta could be charged with bribery, a crime that can carry a fine or even jail time in Spain. In response, he criticized that there was favorable treatment for Real Madrid in Spanish football. And Carlo Ancelotti described his words as a distraction tactic.
Thanh Vu | 11:34 October 21, 2023