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Javier Tebas calls for Joan Laporta’s resignation amid Barcelona corruption scandal

La Liga president Javier Tebas wants Barcelona president Joan Laporta to resign if he cannot explain payments made to DASNIL 95.

The Camp Nou club have been embroiled in controversy after paying €6.7 million to Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira’s company.

Barca reportedly paid the former vice president of the Technical Committee of Referees (CTA) from 2001 to 2018.

They are now being investigated by the Prosecutor’s Office but will face no sporting punishments from La Liga.

“If [Laporta] doesn’t explain why it was paid, I think he would have to resign,” Tebas told Sport.

“For now, I would say that Juventus’ case is serious, but I see the indications as more serious in Barca.

“A vice-president of the Technical Committee of Referees appears here.”

Barcelona have admitted that the services of an ‘external technical consultant’ were hired.

However, they insist it is not against the law to do so and have vowed to sue those trying to tarnish their image.

Negreira has failed to produce documents proving he offered the services to Barca.

To make matters worse, Spain’s Tax Agency say they have no documentation detailing any agreement of consultancy between both parties.

La Liga can no longer punish Blaugrana as it has been over three years since the incident took place. However, UEFA are not prevented by a statute of limitations.

As a result, Barca could be banned from next season’s Champions League if found guilty.

UEFA detest match-fixing and will not hesitate to punish the Catalans. Investigations have continued and it will be interesting to see what the outcome will be.

Tebas and Barcelona do not see eye to eye on plenty of things. The La Liga president would love to see them face the music if declared guilty.

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