Crises besiege Barcelona before the 'Clasico' of the Spanish league
Days before the difficult and important match against traditional rivals Real Madrid in the "Clasico" of the Spanish league football, problems and crises surrounded FC Barcelona in a way that may threaten the stability of the team at all levels.
The Economic Court in Barcelona issued its ruling to cancel the previous judicial decision on the club's right to register its talented young player Jaffe in the club's first team list, making Barcelona threatened to lose this player, who represents part of the team's future.
Barcelona are also currently in the process of escalating the case of being accused of providing money to a former refereeing committee official, amid reports of Real Madrid's attempts to demand harsh sanctions against Barcelona and some compensation.
Barcelona had entered into conflict with La Liga months ago because of the league's decision to refuse to register player Pablo Martín Paez Gaviera (Gavi) (18 years old), which means the player can move to any other club at the end of the current season for free and without any financial benefit to Barcelona.
But the Commercial Court saved Barcelona last January, and issued a decision enabling the club to register the player according to the new contract with the club, which includes a penalty clause worth one billion euros, before the court issued on Monday its new ruling to cancel this decision and implement the decision of the league to return Jaffe to the lists of the club's youth team with the cancellation of his contract with the first team.
This court ruling represents a strong shock for Barcelona at this difficult and crucial time of the season, especially since the player can sign for free to any of the big clubs wishing to sign him at the end of the current season directly, while the league insists that Barcelona reduce about 200 million euros of his salaries if he wants to correct his situation in terms of financial fair play rules so that he can register the player in the first team.
Meanwhile, Barcelona are facing serious accusations by the Spanish judiciary of providing money to Jose Maria Nigerera, former vice-president of Spain's referees committee years ago in exchange for giving the team an advantage and advantages through the decisions of the referees in some matches.
The indictments against Barcelona and its former presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell also included corruption and falsification of business records.
The problem is no longer limited to these accusations, but Barcelona is awaiting an attack from rivals Real Madrid, who media reports indicate will make formal requests for harsh sanctions against Barcelona in addition to demanding large compensation from the club.
While the court has requested that former Barcelona coaches Luis Enrique and Ernesto Valverde testify in the case, coach Xavi Hernandez is seeking to keep his players away from this atmosphere in order to prepare for the difficult matches that await the team in the next few weeks.
Barcelona hosts stubborn rival Real Madrid next Sunday in the 'Clasico' league and then hosts it again on April 5 next second leg of the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, then Barcelona meets Atletico Madrid on April 23 in the Spanish league.