Freedom of Speech
Speaking to the General Assembly on Sunday, Barcelona’s President Josep Maria Bartomeu addressed what he feels are unjust fines courtesy of UEFA:
“Barcelona have been punished by UEFA with a sanction that attacks freedom of expression,” he stated.
“We are being sanctioned for expressing legitimate feelings that should not be punished in a modern and democratic society. Enough is enough.
“Now we will take the sanction to UEFA’s Appeals Committee, CAS [Court of Arbitration for Sport], the Supreme Court in Switzerland and, if necessary, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
“We are proud of defending freedom of expression, that’s what makes us stronger.”
In recent seasons, it’s become something of a private joke amongst culés that Real Madrid – even on a bad day – are awarded at least one penalty at the Santiago Bernabéu– Cristiano Ronaldo does have hat-tricks to score, you know?
For some, Diego Simeone included, the matter extends beyond the realms of footballing humour and the odd chuckle or two is transformed into full-blown tinfoil-hat conspiracies.
Just let the cat out of the bag!
In regards to the transfer rumor that has been making the most headlines this summer, it seems as if a principal agreement has in fact been reached with both Juventus and the player to bring Paul Pogba to the Camp Nou next summer. The directors of the two clubs met today with the blaugrana representatives hoping to secure a deal for the player for next summer since the transfer ban is still in place until January. Juventus seemingly agreed to the deal without too many complaints as it will see them retain the services of the talented youngster for another season. Win-win for both sides, eh? The news has yet to be confirmed but with all signs pointing to another expensive signing, will Luis Enrique be able to slot Pogba into his team without disrupting the balance both on and off the pitch? The year-long gap definitely makes proceedings a lot more interesting.