Month: March 2023

UEFA to investigate Barcelona over Negreira Case

UEFA have confirmed they will launch an investigation into Barcelona’s payments to a former refereeing chief. The ‘Negreira Case’ has dominated headlines for a little while and looks set to continue to do so with UEFA now getting involved. The Catalans are already facing corruption charges, brought by Spanish prosecutors, and will also face scrutiny by Europe’s governing body. Here’s the official statement. “In accordance with Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspectors have today …

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Memphis offers Barcelona good news on Frenkie de Jong

Memphis Depay has offered an injury update on Frenkie de Jong while on international duty with the Netherlands and insists he should be back soon. De Jong has pulled out of the squad for Euro 2024 qualifiers against France and Gibraltar but Memphis says the injury is not a serious problem. “It bothers me that Frenkie de Jong is not here. For me, for the coach, for the entire squad and for the country. He is one of our key …

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FC Barcelona News: 23 March 2023

Joint training session with Barça Atlètic – FC BarcelonaDespite the break for international matches, the available first team players worked out at the Ciutat Esportiva on Wednesday alongside the Barça Atlètic squad. The first team players not on international duty trained alongside Rafa Márquez’s men as the latter prepare for Saturday’s league game at Sabadell, kick off 7pm CET. The road to the league title – FC BarcelonaThere are 12 games to go in La Liga 2022/23, and that is …

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Brilliant Gavi is Barcelona’s angel with a dirty face

You have to love the way that Gavi has already got under Real Madrid’s skin. He really has. News that Los Blancos are miffed at how such a physical exponent can get away with some of his challenges and general play is, frankly, laughable. This from the team that had Pepe and Sergio Ramos in their squad for a decade. You remember Pepe. He’s the chap who’d routinely stamp on Lionel Messi et al. Or decide to try and decapitate …

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‘It’s a whole other world’ – Julian Araujo on Barca move

Barcelona new signing Julian Araujo has been speaking about his first impressions of the club after sealing a move to the Camp Nou from LA Galaxy. The right-back is currently training with Rafa Marquez’s Barca Atletic side, although he has been up with Xavi’s first-team on occasions since arriving. Araujo admits it’s a big change from the Galaxy but made it clear he’s loving life at Barca. “It’s amazing, man. It’s a whole other world,” he said. “You always have …

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Alba says a Barca-Messi reunion would be good for both

Jordi Alba and Lionel Messi experienced some legendary moments together at Barcelona. The pairing won all there is to win at the club level and Jordi thinks a reunion would be good for all parties involved. After an evening out together in February, Alba says that life for Messi has gotten easier in Paris, but a return to Barcelona would be good. “I would like him to come back, but I don’t know if he will come back. We haven’t …

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Barca to sue media outlets over referee scandal allegations

FC Barcelona are already in the process of suing five media outlets, with more lawsuits said to be on the way, all related to allegations made regarding the so-called “Negreira case.” The scandal stems from payments made to José María Enríquez Negreira, who was vice-president of the referee’s technical committee. According to the club, these payments were made in exchange for written reports about referees’ performances, and all payments were legal and did not influence any decisions on the pitch. …

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UEFA could ban Barcelona from the Champions League

UEFA could take a serious step regarding the so-called “Negreira case” and ban FC Barcelona from the UEFA Champions League, according to a report from Spanish newspaper El Confidencial. The scandal stems from payments made to José María Enríquez Negreira, who was vice-president of the referee’s technical committee. According to the club, these payments were made in exchange for written reports about referees’ performances, and all payments were legal and did not influence any decisions on the pitch. The case …

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Lionel Messi seriously considering Barcelona return – report

Lionel Messi is seriously considering a return to FC Barcelona, according to various reports. According to Catalan radio, Messi likes the idea of returning to Barça not just due to personal reasons, but because he sees a good sporting project. He values the work done by Xavi in a team that seems destined to win La Liga. In addition, his family prefers to live in Barcelona. The player has spoken about how difficult moving to a new country was for …

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Vanderson becomes Barca’s latest right-back target – report

Barcelona have reportedly turned their attention to Monaco right-back Vanderson de Oliveira Campos. The Brazilian full-back has been apparently gaining traction at Barca in recent weeks and has moved near the top of the list for right-back shopping. Campos is only 21 currently and a move for him could secure that position for years to come. A position Barcelona have had trouble locking down for some time. Their best right-backs this year have been center-backs Jules Kounde and Ronald Araujo. …

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