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It's war: Laporta declares 'we won't allow Tebas to hurt Barcelona anymore'

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has hit out at LaLiga counterpart Javier Tebas over his claims around Lionel Messi's departure.

Tebas has stated allowing Messi to leave for Paris Saint Germain "was not a financial decision". The LaLiga president angered Laporta and his board with his claims. Laporta has insisted the club's Argentine great left due to Financial Fair Play and their lack of room in the wages budget.

Messi left the Nou Camp last summer for Paris after over 20 years as a Barca player. The decision has led to lingering tension between Laporta's board and the support - and for the club president, Tebas' claims have only stirred things up again.

In response via Voetbalzone, Laporta fumed to Sport: "Instead of creating harmony and understanding, Tebas is out for confrontation and conflict. He has a sick obsession with Barcelona in the sense that he wants to damage the club and its values.

"But we Barcelona supporters have known that for a long time. That Messi did not stay with Barcelona is mainly his fault. This man's pride and his rules on fair play have to do with it. Tebas always wants to be the protagonist. In other competitions, Financial Fair Play was much more flexible and there the best players did not leave."

Laporta, in his reaction, also hinted that any prospect of returning to the table to renegotiate the CVC Capital deal with Tebas and the LaLiga is over. Barca and Real Madrid have refused to enter the investment deal agreed between the LaLiga and the financial firm.

Laporta rapped: "We simply will not allow Tebas to hurt Barcelona any more. We will not cooperate with the personal projects of Mr. Tebas, who only wants to use Barcelona's interests to earn more money for himself and who wants to use our television rights for his wants to decrease in the next fifty years."


- updated September 14


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