Javier Tebas, president of LaLiga, was interviewed by Movistar where he reviews current events and also talks about FC Barcelona. The manager was asked about Barça’s options to sign in the winter market and explained the conditions under which he could add.
Tebas acknowledged that Barça has improved its financial situation: “”It has improved a lot. They put effort into their salary bill. I think they still need to work hard for next season, but they managed to bring in good players. ” But he explained that Financial fair play continues to be a problem for the entity and that he must “change some things to be able to sign.”
The president of LaLiga specified and said that “It will depend on if there are departures of players, if there are savings, they can incorporate”.
So, Barça must be sold if they have to go in the January window. A scenario that the club will try to avoid with the size of the squad it has and the level of youth from the reserve team it has in the squad, such as Fermín, Casadó or Cubarsí.
Regarding his relationship with Joan Laporta, Tebas admitted that “we talked and some lack of understanding that something was broken.” Of course, he doesn’t agree with his decision to keep Barça in the Super League: “I don’t understand it, but I can’t help being more or less angry with Barcelona. It’s a decision that I don’t respect because the Super is a lot of damage what the League does in the national leagues, but they believe it is the best fit for their club.
The president of LaLiga was particularly harsh on Barça when talking about the ‘Negreira case’, making sure that if it was up to him he would demand a disciplinary sanction. “Just trying to influence the arbitration issue is already a crime of sports corruption, as the investigating judge said in an order. “The corresponding disciplinary file should be opened and the social disciplinary judge of the League must take the decision corresponding to our statutory scope, which ranges from a warning to a demotion, depending on the severity.”
The pulse of Tebas should not tremble when it comes to determining Barça’s relegation “if the social disciplinary judge decides. The president does not decide on relegation, just as he did not decide on Elche or Guadalajara. Personally, he should have reported that these acts should have a disciplinary penalty”.
The president of LaLiga did not dare to predict the end of the case: “There remains a long road in the investigation, but there are behaviors that have no explanation. I do not know if there will be consequences for Barça. It has been seen we with Osasuna have sanctions against its leaders and not the club. Something similar can happen or they can all be acquitted, but explanations must be given for many behaviors.”