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SBD Global/January 22, 2014/Franchises

Spanish Newspaper AS: Barcelona Showed 'Arrogance' In Ignoring Request For Neymar Info

When Barcelona President Sandro Rosell and the club's board "ignored a certified fax in which club member Jordi Cases asked them to explain" the details of the club's signing of Neymar, "they were certainly guilty of arrogance," according to Santi Giménez of AS. Barcelona could "have met Cases to explain: 'Look, we paid €17 million to Santos and €40 [million] more to his father as a signing-on bonus, because otherwise he would have gone to Madrid.'" And "that would have been that." The club "chose to pass over a request made by an ordinary club member." Rosell "ignored the request, and Cases proceeded to file a lawsuit with the High Court." Madrid newspaper El Mundo on Monday published "all of the figures contained in the contract, which add up to €95 million: 38 more than the amount declared" by Barcelona Economic VP Josep Maria Bartomeu (AS, 1/20).
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