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SBD Global/January 28, 2014/Franchises
Barcelona Member Will Not Withdraw Lawsuit Until Club Guarantees It Will Not Retaliate
Published January 28, 2014
BARTOMEU PROMISES CHANGES: In Barcelona, Albert Rogé reported Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu "made a series of statements to the media on Sunday." Bartomeu said of the club's board, "Over the coming days there will be some changes. It's possible that some directors will drop certain responsibilities and take up others. We are very satisfied with the board's work" (SPORT, 1/26).
INVESTIGATION TO CONTINUE: The EFE reported Spanish prosecutor José Perals will "continue to review the case of Barcelona's signing of Neymar." The "court will continue investigating the accusation of possible misappropriation of funds by Rosell" (EFE, 1/27).
N&N HEADQUARTERS VACANT: AS reported N&N Sports, the company owned by Neymar's father and which pocketed €40M in "commission for the purchase of the player last summer, is located in a small unused warehouse, with no doorbell, mailbox and with little sign of human activity," Brazilian website Globoesporte reported. A reporter for the website went to N&N's office and said that the locals "had never seen Neymar, his father or any other famous person" in the vicinity. The business is registered to the ground floor of a two-story house and a "woman who lives in the flat above claimed to 'have only seen a lorry around five times to unload material.'" When contacted by Globoesporte, Neymar's father "declined to comment on the matter" (AS, 1/27).