A show promoter based in Barcelona, Oluwatosin Oketumo, fondly known as T-Cash, is currently living in fear simply because a show which was supposed to feature Olamide flopped. As stated by the show promoter, he contacted Olamide through his tour manager, Alex Ozone and they had an agreement of €8,500 to have the artiste perform […]Continue Reading
Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi is to face court trial for alleged tax evasion, a Spanish judge has ruled.
The judge rejected a prosecution recommendation to drop the charges on the grounds the player’s father was responsible for his finances.
Messi and his father Jorge are accused of defrauding the authorities of more than 4m euros (£3.1m; $5m).
The pair, who deny wrongdoing, have five days to appeal against the ruling.
It is alleged that they withheld the money between 2007 and 2009.
The income related to Messi’s image rights, including contracts with Banco Sabadell, Danone, Adidas, Pepsi-Cola, Proctor and Gamble, and the Kuwait Food Company.
The judge ruled: “In this type of crime, it is not necessary for someone to have complete knowledge of all the accounting and business operations nor the exact quantity, rather it is sufficient to be aware of the designs to commit fraud and consent to them.”Continue Reading
Dani Alves answered fans’ attempts to taunt him during Barcelona’s 3-2 victory over Villarreal… by enjoying a mid-match snack at the Estadio El Madrigal. 😉 A Villarreal fan threw a banana at Dani Alves, and he ate it before taking his corner kick.See photos when you continue… It’s been a very emotional few days for Barcelona as they had to travel to Villarrealand try to keep their title hopes alive just two days after the death of former manager Tito Vilanova.Given the circumstances, it was understandable that Barca fell behind 2-0 before the hour mark, but then they mounted a comeback and in the midst of that, Dani Alves showed that he was not in the mood to let any racist get to him.
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Tito Vilanova, the former Barcelona coach, has died aged 45 after a long battle with cancer.Vilanova had a tumour removed from his throat in November 2011 before suffering a relapse in December 2012.He stepped down as Barca boss last July to continue his treatment, with Gerardo Martino taking charge.”FC Barcelona is in immense mourning. Tito Vilanova has died at the age of 45. May he rest in peace,” said a statement from the Spanish club.”The club wishes to express its most heartfelt sympathy to his family, who are being joined in these moments of mourning by FC Barcelona members and fans all around the world, as well as the rest of the footballing and sporting world.””The Vilanova family has asked for respect for their desire for the strictest intimacy in the moments after his death.”The club added that a “space for condolence” would be opened in the main grandstand at their Nou Camp stadium on Friday.The ex-Barca youth team player was Pep Guardiola’s assistant before stepping up to replace the now-Bayern Munich boss when he decided to take a sabbatical from football in June 2012.Vilanova had surgery in December 2012 and spent 10 weeks in New York having chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but he returned in March 2013 to see his side take the Spanish title in his sole season in charge.Tributes are beginning to be made, with Real Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos tweeting: “Lots of support to all of Tito’s family and friends. An example of fighting and strength for all of us. RIP.”Follow @adlekchillsContinue Reading
Spanish champions, Barcelona, have been given a 14-month transfer ban by Fifa for breaking rules on signing international players under 18.The Catalan club cannot buy or sell players until the summer of 2015, after the world governing body imposed a transfer ban for the next two windows.They have also been fined 450,000 Swiss Francs (£305,000).The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has been sanctioned by Fifa for the same breaches.Barcelona is hoping to sign a new goalkeeper at the end of the season, with the long-serving Victor Valdes leaving the Nou Camp at the end of his contract.The four-time European champions have been linked with Borussia Monchengladbach keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, while they agreed a deal to sign 17-year-old Croatia midfielder Alen Halilovic last week.The RFEF has been given a fine of 500,000 Swiss Francs (£340,000) and told to “regularise its regulatory framework and existing system concerning the international transfer of minors in football” within a year.Fifa rules state that international transfers are only permitted for players over the age of 18 – unless the player in question meet sone of three qualifying criteria.Under-18s can move to a club in a different country if their parents move there for non-footballing reasons, if they are from another nation within the European Union or European Economic Area and aged between 16 and 18, or if they live within 100km of the club.A Fifa investigation – centred on several players aged under 18 who were registered and played for the club between 2009 and 2013 – found that Barcelona and the RFEF were guilty of a “serious” infringement of the rules in relation to 10 players.Fifa told BBC Sports the identity of these players was confidential.Its disciplinary committee stated.it sought to protect the best interests of young players,even if an international transfer might be beneficial to their football careers.”On the basis of this analysis, the committee concluded that ‘the interest in protecting the appropriate and healthy development of a minor as a whole must prevail over purely sporting interests’,” stated.a Fifa statement.It is the latest off-the-field issue to trouble Barcelona this season.Earlier this year, the Catalan club were accused by the Spanish authorities of tax evasion relating to the £50m purchase of Brazil forward Neymar. A criminal investigation is under way, despite Barca making a “voluntary contribution” of more than £11m in taxes.The club’s president, Sandro Rosell, resigned after he was accused of misappropriating funds in the deal.Rosell and his successor, Josep Maria Bartomeu, insist the 22-time Spanish champions have not acted illegally.Continue Reading
Alex Song is considering quitting Barcelona in the next transfer window over a lack of first-team opportunities, according to Spanish sports daily AS.The midfielder left Arsenal only last summer for Catalunya but has struggled to break into the team with his conversion to centre-back abandoned as a failure and Barca already boasting a wealth of options in the centre of the park.Song has started just one game of a possible seven in 2013-14 – the 1-0 win over Malaga – and that was solely down to Sergio Busquets’ absence through injury.The Cameroon international has in fact played just 91 minutes of a possible 630 for the Blaugrana this season, less than 15% of the gametime available, and this has forced him to reconsider his future.Manchester United was linked with the midfielder this summer.Continue Reading
As stated by a source, Diego Maradona has revealed that he is worried that Barcelona will try to turn Neymar into “a bodybuilder”.
There has already been great media focus on the Brazilian’s weight since his arrival at Camp Nou, with the 21-year-old having lost seven kilograms after an operation to have his tonsils removed.
Now Maradona is concerned that the Blaugrana’s coaching and medical teams might decide that their star summer signing needs to bulk up.
“Neymar delights me,” the legendary Argentine told reporters. “He is a player that should be noted”.
“He knows what to do with himself and that he does not need to be a bodybuilder. I hope they [Barcelona] don’t do that with him. He just has to play football.”
Despite his admiration of Neymar’s considerable talent, Maradona believes that Argentina will win next year’s World Cup on account of another Barcelona player, Lionel Messi.
“What Brazil showed in the Confederations Cup is that the team, with great concentration, is unbeatable,” he conceded. “But I’m putting my money on Argentina because of the great form of Messi.”
Argentina has not won the World Cup since Diego Maradona inspired his country to victory in Mexico in 1986.Continue Reading
Barcelona has signed Manchester City youngster Denis Suarez for an undisclosed fee.The 19-year-old, who helped Spain reach the quarter-finals of the Fifa Under-20 World Cup this summer, will join Barcelona’s B team.Suarez made two appearances for City during his time in England, both in the League Cup.Meanwhile, Barcelona striker Lionel Messi suffered bruising to his thigh in the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid.Messi, 26, was substituted at half-time of Wednesday’s first leg of the Spanish Super Cup as a precaution after he felt pain in his leg.Barcelona is to visit Malaga in the second round of the Spanish league on Sunday but it is not known if their record goalscorer will be able to play.Continue Reading
Manchester United will further test Barcelona’s resolve to keep Cesc Fabregas by increasing their bid to £35 million for the midfielder.
Having failed with initial offers of £25 million and £30 million, a third approach may finally lure the former Arsenal man to Old Trafford.
Despite public claims that Barcelona has no wish to sell, United has always felt they would get their man eventually as they expect the La Liga champions to recoup some of the funds they used to sign Brazilian international Neymar for £48.6 million.
Manager David Moyes also appears to be encouraged that Fabregas is keen to make the move back to the Premier League, where he would reunite with his former Arsenal team mate Robin Van Persie.
The 26-year-old has remained silent throughout the last month as the bids have been lodged, evidently waiting to see how firmly Barcelona resists the increased offers.
That is being taken as a sign that he welcomes United’s
pursuit and it is inconceivable Moyes would continue to raise the stakes unless he was certain Fabregas was agreeable to the switch.
A £35 million deal would represent a club record, eclipsing the £31 million paid to Spurs for Dimitar Berbatov in 2008, and would also be Moyes’s first major statement in the transfer market.
However, Barcelona’s new coach Gerardo Martino has suggested even a fresh approach would be rebuffed.
“I’m not going to involve myself in the club’s accounts, but considering the club has already rejected two offers, I would guess it will reject a third. In other words he will remain here,” he stated.
United clearly feels this is all part of the negotiation to maximise the midfielder’s value.
Fabregas moved to the Nou Camp from Arsenal for £25 million two years ago but has been unable to establish himself as a talisman of the Barca side in the same way he did at Tthe Emirates Stadium, where he was the club captain. United craves his creativity as a natural successor to the retired Paul Scholes.
As Moyes awaits the outcome of a fresh bid, there is much anticipation the arrival of new faces could have repercussions for Wayne Rooney’s future. Although United is adamant that Rooney will not be sold, and certainly not to Chelsea, the player remains determined to leave Old Trafford for Stamford Bridge.
Rooney wants to play for Jose Mourinho and would swiftly agree personal terms if he was given permission to speak to the London club, something of which United will be well aware. It would be unpalatable for United to make Rooney’s sale their first significant transfer activity of the summer, particularly for a new manager, and they will want to add significant recruits before sanctioning such a sale.
Signing a player of Fabregas’s caliber could be the key to softening the stance on Rooney when he, as expected, agitates even further for his move south as the deadline approaches. Rooney is due to feature in next week’s friendly with AIK Stockholm as he recovers from a hamstring problem.Continue Reading