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Barcelona president hits out at Real Madrid’s involvement in Negreira case

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Joan Laporta, the president of FC Barcelona had a prolonged and long awaited press conference on Monday. The agenda on the night was to discuss Barcelona’s involvement in the Negreira scandal, the payments made to manipulate decisions and the club’s explanation towards the same.

However, a large part of his media interaction on the day was centred around Real Madrid, the club’s stand against the Catalans, refereeing in La Liga and topics far away from the scandal itself.

The Barcelona president began his comments on Real Madrid with a dig at the club’s open support to taking legal action against the Catalans and himself threw a massive accusation at the defending Spanish champions.

“Real Madrid wanting to take legal action against Barcelona with unprecedented claims is purely cynical. They have always been favored by the referees, to this day. We all know it. I hope this trial exposes that.”

Laporta went on to call the Merengues a ‘royalty team’ and revealed data on the composition of refereeing boards to highlight the same.

“Real Madrid have always been considered the royalty team, close to power. In the last seven decades, the executives in refereeing committees have always been club members or former board members at Real Madrid.”

The Catalan president’s accusations on Real Madrid only continued deeper into the press conference as he went on to call the Spanish Capital based side as regularly ‘favored.’

“Real Madrid joined the hate campaign, even though they are the club that have always been favored by the refereeing decisions.”

If Barcelona are proven innocent in the court of law and charges subsequently dropped, they will reserve the right to seek compensation for the damage they have faced over the past few months.

Laporta spoke about the same and possibly implied it towards Real Madrid, amongst other institutions.

“We reserve the right to sue people for damages. The compensation can be astronomical.”

Finally, he cut some slack for Los Blancos president Florentino Perez’s decision to stand against the Catalan institution and attributed it to peer pressure. He did not hold back, however, and commented on what the better approach to handle the situation was.

“I think that Florentino Perez may have made that move because of the pressure in the rivalry. I understand that he was in a difficult situation, but he should have waited for the right moment to act. I don’t accept the way in which he did it.”

Source: Barca TV+

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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