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Barça lives from scandal to scandal

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In recent years, Barcelona has lived from scandal to scandal. When it seems that the fire of one goes out, another appears. 

The last one has been to pay 1.4 million euros to Enríquez Negreira to carry out technical reports when the former referee was vice president of the College of Referees. 

Barcelona has defended itself by arguing that all the big clubs have arbitration reports, but the fact that these reports were made by the company of a director of the College and the amounts paid have sown many doubts.

There were many scandalous cases. 

From José Luis Núñez bribing Treasury inspectors to favor their companies and ending with the former president in prison, going through the signing of Neymar for which the club and its leaders have gone through two judicial processes (one of they are still open), the espionage of the Barçagate case , the Liability Action of Laporta, Piqué’s business with the Arabian Super Cup or more recently the club’s disputes with LaLiga.

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Two trials derived from the signing of Neymar

The signing of Neymar was a host of problems for Barcelona from day one. The first case that began with the complaint of a partner to the accounts of the Brazilian operation, ended with a sentence against Barcelona after the club’s lawyers agreed with the Tax Agency.

Barcelona had to pay 5.5 million according to said ruling, although it had previously paid other amounts of money to regulate the situation. 

The pact also included that Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu were released from the charges for which they were accused.

The signing of the Brazilian also opened another judicial procedure called Neymar 2 as a result of a complaint filed by the DIS company, which was the owner of the player’s rights. 

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This company understood that Barcelona, Santos, the player and his family hatched a plot in order not to pay what was due to DIS through various parallel contracts. 

At the end of last year, the judge handed down a sentence that acquitted all the defendants . However, the sentence is not final since the Brazilian company announced that it will file an appeal.

Liability Action

When Sandro Rosell was proclaimed president, one of the first things he did was an internal investigation to analyze the management of Joan Laporta in his first term as president of the club. 

The new president reformed the accounts that Laporta had presented and went from a profit of 11 million to a loss of almost 80.

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The partners voted in favor (Sandro Rosell voted blank) for a Liability Action against the previous Board. That meant that all managers would have to answer with their money for those losses. 

After years of process and enormous wear and tear on these managers, the whole process came to nothing as the Provincial Court dismissed the appeal that Barcelona had filed.

When Joan Laporta entered the club in his second term, he opened an internal investigation into Bartomeu’s management as club president. 

The results of this investigation were transferred to the Prosecutor’s Office so that it could open an investigation if he considered that the facts were punishable, something that he has not done so far. 

The president ruled out presenting a Responsibility Action to the Assembly of partners.

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Barçagate

One of the most lurid episodes of Bartomeu’s tenure. 

According to information from Cadena Ser, Barcelona hired various companies to monitor and discredit various Barcelona personalities such as presidential candidates, players, journalists in the networks… Players like Messi or Piqué were some of those affected and also it was learned that the club paid journalists to favor the Board. 

This case is in the hands of the judge who is continuing with the investigation, various searches were made at the club headquarters, but so far no complaint has been made. 

This case was decisive for a motion of no confidence against Bartomeu, which he decided to resign.

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The Spanish Federation and the Kosmos company, whose owner is Gerard Piqué, would have worked together so that the Spanish Super Cup was played in Arabia. 

For this, and according to various information, they would have charged a succulent commission . El Confidencial revealed the audios of the conversations between Piqué and Luis Rubiales: “Before you don’t have anything left, you have six kilos left.

And we squeezed Saudi Arabia and maybe we’ll take it out… (…) we’ll take one more stick or two more sticks…” can be heard in these audios. The footballer played this competition with Barcelona. The judge is investigating the facts.

Barça, LaLiga and ordinary justice

The differences between LaLiga and Barcelona are obvious. In recent weeks, moreover, they have moved to the courts. 

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The Barça club has sued LaLiga for preventing it from expanding its salary mass by 15%, as can the 38 clubs that voted in favor of the entry of the CVC Capital Partners fund for the creation of LaLiga Impulso. 

In it, Barça denounces that it cannot compete on equal terms. The Barcelona club resorted to ordinary justice so that precautionary measures were taken and LaLiga had to register Gavi, as it happened. 

In the coming weeks, the club will file a lawsuit for a judge to agree with him, otherwise the precautionary measures will not be lifted. It is not the first time that he has resorted to ordinary justice. 

Previously, he also did so to request the precautionary measure in Lewandowski’s three-game ban and it was granted.

-Marca

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Capacity crowd of 80,000 attend Mbappe’s unveiling at Real Madrid

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Around 80,000 fans have arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu to witness his unveiling © Provided by Daily Mail

Kylian Mbappe has been given a rousing welcome at Real Madrid as a capacity crowd of fans attended the unveiling at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The club also lined out their 15 Champions League trophies to welcome the French Superstar.

Mbappe walked past Real Madrid’s 14 Champions League trophies as he took to the stage to speak© Provided by Daily Mail

He  beamed as he spoke about joining the ‘club of his dreams’. Mbappe, 25, will take the number nine shirt after sealing his move from Paris Saint-Germain and ending one of football’s most protracted transfer sagas. 

The forward was serenaded as the Bernabeu blasted out their iconic Hala Madrid anthem and paraded in front of fans booting footballs into the baying crowd. In imitation of Cristiano Roandlo at his unveiling, he kissed the badge. 

His mother broke down in tears as he emerged and spoke of his pride to be joining the ‘biggest club in the history of world football

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Mbappe’s parents, Fayza Lamari (R) and Wilfrid Mbappe (L), walked out in front of the fans © Provided by Daily Mail

‘My family are so happy. I can see my mum crying. It’s an incredible day for me. I’ve dreamed about this day since I was a kid. Being here today means a lot to me,’ he said in Spanish as the crowd persistently interrupted his speech with cheers.  

‘Now I have another dream – and that’s the dream of living up to this club’s history and Madridistas’ expectations. I can promise that I will give my all for the club and this badge. 

‘I’d also like a send a message to all the kids here today. I was once like you. If you have the passion, you’ll achieve your dreams. 

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Napkin used by Barcelona to sign Messi sold for nearly $1 million

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A signed and framed napkin on which soccer club Barcelona promised to sign a 13-year-old Lionel Messi is displayed at the Bonhams auction house in London, Britain May 8, 2024. REUTERS/Will Russell/File Photo

The napkin on which Barcelona promised to sign Lionel Messi when he was a 13-year-old has been sold for 762,400 pounds ($969,000, auction house Bonhams said on Friday.

The napkin was signed in December, 2000 by Barca’s former sporting director Carles Rexach and transfer advisor Josep Minguella along with Argentine agent Horacio Gaggioli over lunch at a tennis club.

Messi became one of Barcelona’s greatest players, winning over 30 trophies and leaving the Catalan club as their all-time leading scorer with 672 goals.

He also won a record eight Ballon d’Or awards for the world’s best player and led Argentina to the World Cup crown in 2022. Messi now plays for U.S. club Inter Miami in Major League Soccer.

“Yes, it’s a paper napkin, but it’s the famous napkin that was at the inception of Lionel Messi’s career,” Ian Ehling, the head of fine books and manuscripts at Bonhams New York, said in a statement.

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“It changed the life of Messi, the future of FC Barcelona, and was instrumental in giving some of the most glorious moments of football to billions of fans around the globe.”

-Reuters

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Racially Abused Senegalese Goalkeeper Speaks Out After Abandoned Spanish Match –

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Senegalese goalkeeper Cheikh Sarr has heard racial slurs directed at him from the stands before, but when a fan allegedly approached just to racially insult him during a Spanish third-tier league game last Saturday, he decided he’d had enough.

“I grabbed him and asked why he was insulting me. My attitude was not aggressive, I just wanted to ask him why,” the 23-year-old told reporters on Tuesday of the incident in Sestao, a working-class town in northern Spain, which led to the game being abandoned.

“Other times it could be seen as something playful or a joke. However, this was not the case on Saturday, as it was something horrible and I could not stop myself. It was a very sad and ugly thing what they were saying,” he added.

The match between Sarr’s Rayo Majadahonda and Sestao River Club was suspended in the 84th minute after the altercation first led to Sarr being expelled by the referee, who was too far to hear the alleged insults, and then his team mates leaving the pitch in protest.

Racism in sport has been a hot topic in Spain, especially after Real Madrid’s Brazil winger Vinicius Jr, who has suffered from several incidents of racist abuse and is part of a campaign against racism, last year called LaLiga and Spain racist.

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On Saturday, he spoke out in support of those affected on social media again, citing “three despicable cases of racism” on that day alone, including Sarr’s.

Sevilla’s Argentina defender Marcos Acuna and coaching staff were also the target of “racist and xenophobic insults” from fans in a LaLiga game at Getafe, the club said.

Sarr said he was thankful that Vinicius had tagged him on social media showing support.

“If more players said no to racism like he does, they (racists) wouldn’t have the power they have now,” he said.

Reuters

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