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SBD Global/May 7, 2014/Franchises

Delegation Of Barcelona Execs Meets With FIFA President Sepp Blatter

A delegation of Barcelona execs led by club President Josep Maria Bartomeu on Tuesday traveled to Zurich to meet with FIFA President Sepp Blatter to address the sanctions the club is facing over "breaking transfer regulations," according to the EFE. Bartomeu was joined by Athletic VP Jordi Mestre and Media VP Manel Arroyo. Barcelona's transfer ban was "temporarily suspended" in April (EFE, 5/6).

PURSUING LUIS ENRIQUE: In Barcelona, Joan Domènech reported a meeting between Barcelona Sporting Dir Andoni Zubizarreta and La Liga Celta Vigo coach Luis Enrique "strengthens the Celta coach's candidacy to be Barcelona's coach next season." The meeting, "which took place on Monday and lasted nearly three hours," was documented by Spanish newspaper Sport and TV channel Cuatro (EL PERIODICO, 5/5). In Barcelona, Didac Peyret reported Celta VP Ricardo Barros said, "We have a game soon against Real Madrid. We have to be focused on this. We are not angry with Luis Enrique." Barros added that the reported meeting "seemed neither good nor bad to him" and commented that "Luis Enrique still has another year on his contract" (SPORT, 5/6).
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