Laporta lets steam out as Barcelona drop more points – report

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 17: FC Barcelona President Joan Laporta gives a press conference in response to recent allegations over payments made to referees by the club, at Spotify Camp Nou on April 17, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain. UEFA and Spanish authorities are investigating Barcelona over the payment of millions of euros to the company of Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, the former vice-president of Spanish football's refereeing committee. If found guilty, UEFA's investigation could lead to a Champions League ban for the club.
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The draw against Granada last night was a significant blow to the morale and momentum that had been building up at FC Barcelona since Xavi’s announcement of departure at the end of the season. The wins over Osasuna and Alaves showcased the club’s intentions to end the season on a high note.

The way that two precious points were dropped against Granada was highly annoying for anyone supporting Barcelona. Yamal’s two goals were not enough to get Barcelona the full points, as the defense let down the team once again.

However, as SPORT has reported, it was not only the fans that were annoyed, and this anger was felt by individuals at the very top of the club. The report mentions that President Joan Laporta was very angry with the draw, and one of the ways he expressed this anger was by throwing a tray of canapes into the antebox.

Further information on the incident shows that the tray contained spring rolls, which might have been served because of the shows that took place in the stadium before the match related to the Chinese New Year.

While Laporta’s fury can be understood, his actions might have been a cause of embarrassment for the club as some high-profile individuals were also present at the scene. These included the acting Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Barcelona, Hu Aimin, and the President of the Blaugrana Pena Dracs Unit Zhoumin Ma.

A board meeting also took place after the match, which aimed to assess the situation the club is going through. However, Xavi was not present as he had already left Montjuic, and Laporta’s outburst remained one of the main talking points among the attendees.

While Laporta’s anger might have led to a scene that will be forgotten soon, the club can feel the impact of Deco’s statements for a longer term. The Sporting Director had asked for a change of direction at the club in a recent interview, and while he explained himself after that, his comments leave a lot of talking points for Barcelona followers.

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