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Joan Laporta, president of FC Barcelona spoke about the scandal that the team is involved in and considers that “It is no coincidence” that at times like the present “when Barcelona is doing well” information like the one published today appears about the investigation by the Barcelona Prosecutor’s Office of some payments made by the Barcelona entity to a company of José María Enríquez Negreira, former vice president of the Technical Committee of Referees (CTA).
According to information from the programWhat do you play?” of SER Catalunya, the investigation is carried out for an alleged crime of corruption between individuals and for payments of $1.4 million euros made by FC Barcelona between 2016 and 2018.
“The news raises doubts and it is no coincidence that it comes out now. On the part of FC Barcelona, any captious, tendentious interpretation that insinuates things that are notyou will receive the appropriate response from the club and therefore we reserve all actions that are necessary to defend the honor and interests of FC Barcelona”, Laporta said in a statement to the Catalan club media.
Besides, the Barcelona president affirmed: “Culers, it’s no coincidence that this information or information of this type comes out now at a time when Barcelona is doing well, it’s no coincidence.”
Laporta explained that in the past the club had contracted the services of an external consultant to prepare technical reports on lower-category players in Spanish football and also, additionally, this same consultant provided arbitration advice.
“All this is very normal in the big clubs, as it has always been done. In fact, we currently have arbitration advice already internalized and within the organization chart it is assigned to the football area, with total normality ”said Laporta, who insisted that this type of news “causes doubts” and that “it is not by chance that they come out now.”
Xavi Hernández also spoke about the controversy
The Barca coach, Xavi Hernández, commented in this regard that his objective is to focus on football. “The (day to day of the) club has these things. The club has made a statement, it has spoken and I am in the club’s line. They are years in which I was not there and I only have to defend the club logically and nothing more “indicated.
With information from EFE
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