Barcelona demand LaLiga president Javier Tebas RESIGNS over allegations he gave false evidence in corruption case against them… accusing him of being ‘obsessed with persecuting’ the club
- Javier Tebas vehemently rejected claims made in a Spanish newspaper today
- Barcelona have been incensed by the allegations and want Tebas to resign
- The Catalan club accused LaLiga’s president of wanting to ‘persecute’ the club
Barcelona have called for LaLiga president Javier Tebas to resign after a story appeared in Spain on Monday suggesting he had incorrectly linked two former club presidents to evidence in the corruption case against the club.
Tebas has strongly refuted the claims on social media, but Barcelona issued a statement saying the league chief was ‘obsessed with persecuting’ the club.
In Monday morning’s La Vanguardia newspaper it was alleged that Tebas sent a document to the Public Prosecutor, written by former Barcelona director Josep Contreras, since deceased, that implicated former Barcelona presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell in the alleged crimes of financial impropriety and misappropriation.
La Vanguardia say Tebas had attributed two names in the document to Rosell and Bartomeu.
But according to La Vanguardia the family of Contreras say the letter was written ‘decades’ before and mentions of a ‘Rosell and a ‘Josep Maria’ were references to different people and not the former Barcelona presidents.
Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia suggested on Monday that Javier Tebas provided false evidence in a case against Barcelona, claims he has refuted in the strongest possible terms
In a series of tweets he refuted the ‘FALSE’ claims and has since demanded a correction
Tebas circled a specific part of the story which says that his letter does not ‘imply any specific accusation against anyone’
In his tweet on Monday morning Tebas wrote: ‘La Vanguardia’s headline [Tebas provided the Prosecution with false evidence to incriminate Barça] is FALSE, we did NOT accuse anyone.
‘This is corroborated by the story itself which points out that the letter to the prosecutor’s office said, “nor does the present letter imply any specific accusation against anyone”.’
Nonetheless, Barcelona issued their own statement hours after the La Vanguardia story surfaced, calling for Tebas to leave his role.
Their statement read: ‘Given the gravity of the information that has appeared today Monday in La Vanguardia in which LaLiga president Javier Tebas is linked to the presentation of false evidence to the public prosecutor to incriminate our club, FC Barcelona wishes to expresses its deepest indignation, anger and dismay.
‘For that reason, we urgently require the LaLiga president to appear in public to explain himself, beyond the tweet sent in the early hours by Mr.Tebas, lacking substance and with a threatening tone.
Barcelona chief Joan Laporta thinks the club are victim of a media campaign against them
‘FC Barcelona, as president Joan Laporta repeated in recent weeks, feels itself to be the victim of a media campaign for events that never took place: Barça has never paid referees.
‘This harassment involves a group of media outlets and opinion writers with varying degrees of intent and with LaLiga fanning the flames behind the scenes against out Club, with contributions from its president who has only gone in one direction: trying to condemn us in the public’s eyes before the facts have been judged.’
Their statement concluded: ‘The article published today by La Vanguardia is of such gravity that it should put all the clubs in LaLiga on alert, given that it talks of practices which are in no way consistent with the job of the president of LaLiga.
‘If only for this fact, that of giving himself powers that do not belong to him, although also for reasons of dignity and respect for the presidency of LaLiga, Mr.Tebas should resign from his post.’