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Real Madrid fury over claims Florentino Perez influenced Barcelona, Neymar court action

Real Madrid have reacted angrily to claims made on RAC 1 that president Florentino Perez pushed to have Jordi Cases' legal action against Barcelona heard by the courts. Journalist Xavi Bosch said on RAC 1 that "legal sources have explained to Barça that when Judge Ruz and the prosecutor said that the complaint lodged by Jordi Cases was going nowhere, and they wanted to drop it, Florentino Pérez called [former Spanish prime minister] Aznar, Aznar called [Minister of Justice] Gallardón, and within 24 hours the prosecutor had changed his opinion. The case was not going to be examined at the National High Court, but the prosecutor changed his mind because of the call from Gallardón".

Real released a statement this morning:

"In the light of the serious allegations made last night on RAC 1 by the journalist Xavi Bosch, the President of Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez, wishes to make the following statement:

"1. The allegations are totally false and they absurdly try to involve the President of Real Madrid in the legal proceedings started by a member of FC Barcelona against the club's then President, Sandro Rosell.

"2. The President of Real Madrid demands that the journalist who made these false allegations issue a clear and immediate rectification on the same radio station.

"3. If this rectification is not made, the President of Real Madrid will sue this journalist in order to protect his honour, his privacy and his reputation. To this end, he has instructed his lawyers to study the content of these allegations."

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