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SBD Global/January 27, 2014/Franchises
Barcelona Explains Details Of Neymar Signing, Reveals Total Transfer Fee Of €86.2M
Published January 27, 2014
MOVING FORWARD: SPORT reported former Barcelona President Joan Laporta said, "In the exceptional situation lacking the legitimacy of being chosen my members, Barcelona should hold elections at the end of the season. For the good of the club." Laporta also tweeted, "I only celebrate what I think is good for Barça, never the problems of others" (SPORT, 1/25).
ZUBIZARRETA SOUNDS OFF: MARCA reported in a separate piece Barcelona Sporting Dir Andoni Zubizarreta "applauded the show of transparency" by Bartomeu. Zubizarreta: "I've never seen a club reveal so many details about a player's contract. I've never been witness to a spectacle like that. Now I'd like to know other clubs' figures to see how they go about their business. Nevertheless, we provided the transparency that was demanded of us" (MARCA, 1/25).
ROSELL ON BRINK: In Madrid, Sergi Font wrote "it is all happening to Sandro Rosell." The "threats which he has received are just the tip of the iceberg, and there may be serious consequences in store." In Brazil, "calls were being made for him to spend eight years in prison on a criminal charge and another administrative one for the actions of his company Alianto Marketing." The former Barça president is accused of falsifying documents and profiting from certain contracts. Allegations in Brazil claim that he received €3M from the friendly between the 'Canarinha' and Portugal " Rosell has been linked to former Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) President Ricardo Texeira, who has "been accused" of diverting €40M (MARCA, 1/26).
SANTOS DENIES INVOLVEMENT: MUNDO DEPORTIVO reported Santos President Odilio Rodrigues said on Saturday that Santos "does not fear that the investigation into the Neymar signing will impact the club's executives." Rodrigues: "Santos has nothing to hide and does not fear anything. The accusation has nothing to do with us. The club is led by just people" (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 1/25).
FRIENDLY FIRE: In Barcelona, Emilio Pérez de Rozas opined it is "all very Catalan." The "most long-awaited signing of the 21st century, with Real Madrid, Man City, Paris St. Germain and Bayern Munich all willing to pay what was paid, yes, yes, for Neymar, and agree to all of the confidentiality clauses -- because it is football, friends -- has become a national embarrassment." With the "entire world, from the U.S. to Australia, admiring Barça for acquiring what all the powers wanted, the club is questioned and brought to court by those at home, in Barcelona, in Catalonia." This, "in war, is called friendly fire -- in football, it is called not understanding anything, not knowing how football works." In Barcelona slang, it of course has a name: fratricide, which means "the attitude of hatred or strong animosity against relatives" (EL PERIODICO, 1/24).