Barcelona manager Xavi has spoken out about the ongoing refereeing scandal, claiming that it’s part of a campaign to destabilize the reigning La Liga champions. The club has been embroiled in controversy for the past six months following the so-called Negreira case.
In the Negreira case, a judge ruled that Barcelona’s consistent payments to a high-ranking referee official could not be directly linked to on-field officiating decisions. However, senior members of the club’s hierarchy have still come under investigation. Club president Joan Laporta is the latest figure to face scrutiny and the possibility of bribery charges.
In response to the investigations, Laporta issued a scathing statement, alleging that there is an anti-Barcelona agenda within Spanish football. Xavi, during a press conference, expressed his support for the president’s stance, stating, “We have always faced campaigns to destabilize Barcelona. It’s a reality.”
Xavi further emphasized that within the team, the focus remains on football matters, but the external pressure from the refereeing scandal and associated investigations cannot be ignored.
The potential bribery charges against Laporta could result in significant penalties, including fines or even prison time in Spain. Laporta has characterized the investigation as an example of “sociological Madridismo,” suggesting favorable treatment toward Real Madrid in Spanish football.
The situation has created tensions within the football community, with Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti describing Laporta’s statements as a “distraction tactic.”
As Barcelona continues to navigate this turbulent period, Xavi and the team are striving to maintain their focus on the pitch. However, the controversy surrounding the club’s management and allegations of bribery cast a shadow over their La Liga campaign.
The outcome of the ongoing investigations and the potential impact on Barcelona’s leadership remain uncertain, leaving the club and its fans in a state of uncertainty and concern.
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