- Barca investor in financial troubles
- Means deal for Barca Vision could collapse
- Laporta and directors will have to cover fee
WHAT HAPPENED? Laporta is liable for the €20m (£17m/$21m) fee for the licence that would give Barca the right to play in La Liga this season, says The Telegraph. The deal to sell Barca Vision to Libero is in doubt after the football finance company's share price plummeted by as much as 25 percent. If they cannot pay the figure, Laporta and his fellow directors would have to cover it.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Barca have struggled with financial issues in recent years and had to sell off several assets and subsidiary companies such as Barca Vision to raise funds. The club have even splashed out €1.5 billion to renovate their Camp Nou stadium. Meanwhile, the club are mired in the Negreira case - the alleged payments made to an refereeing official - which is being investigated by UEFA and could result in sanctions.
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WHAT NEXT FOR BARCELONA? The Catalan side's executives will have to raise the funds soon while Xavi's men will continue to prepare for Saturday's match against Real Betis in La Liga.